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Norway public warned over ID card phishing scam

Over 500,000 scam calls have been made to Norwegian numbers this week as part of a large phishing scam, mobile network operator Telia has warned.

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The scam calls appear as if they are coming from a Norwegian number, despite it actually being a foreign number. Pictured is somebody on their phone. Photo by Jonas Leupe on Unsplash

Telia this week uncovered a massive volume of scam calls made to Norwegian mobile phone numbers.

The scam calls are being made from foreign numbers, which appear to be Norwegian at first glance because they begin with +47. However, they are actually foreign numbers as the +47 is followed by nine digits rather than eight, which is the standard for numbers in Norway.

When people pick up the call, they are told that there has been a security breach concerning their ID card and that the recipient of the call should “press 1 to continue”.

If they do press 1, they are forwarded to someone posing as a security professional, who is instead a scammer phishing for sensitive information.

“In the worst case, they will try and steal your money,” Øyvind Kristiansen, who works to prevent fraud at Telia, told broadcaster NRK.

Earlier this week, phone fraud was reported to be more prevalent in Norway than the other Nordics.

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Telia said that on Thursday afternoon, it had managed to put a solution in place that should be able to block the majority of these incoming calls.

The network operator has said that it has seen this method of scam and a large volume of calls used before.

It also said it advised people not to provide sensitive information over the phone.

“If someone pretends to be your bank and seems suspicious, hang up and call the number the bank provides on its website,” Kristiansen advised.

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Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Norwegian police will continue to be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, but the advice for Pride events nationwide to be postponed has been scrapped, the Police Directorate announced Wednesday. 

Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Police in Norway will continue to be armed for the foreseeable future, the Norwegian Police Directorate announced yesterday. 

It was announced that police in Norway be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, which left two dead and 21 injured last week

Yesterday, Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service, PST, lowered the terrorist threat level from extraordinary to high- the second-highest level. 

“The threat level in Norway has changed from extraordinary, to high, according to PST. The danger of follow-up actions or inspired attacks means that the police will continue to be temporarily armed,” the Police Directorate wrote on its website

The police said that PST had widened the threat picture from LGBT groups to other broader targets. 

“PST maintains that LGBTQI + is still included in the target picture, but also people and events that are perceived to offend Islam, religious gatherings and uniformed personnel from the police and defence,” the police said on its website. 

Police also dropped the advice that Pride and LGBT events across the country be postponed. The recommendation was implemented due to a fear of copycat attacks from PST. 

Decisions on whether it was safe for events to go ahead would be made by local authorities going forward. 

“A national recommendation to postpone Pride events expires. The police districts will themselves make risk assessments related to individual events and handling of large crowds based on the overall threat picture and local conditions,” police director Benedicte Bjørnland said.