Several Norwegian banks have been told that they should cancel bank cards held by around 45,000 Norwegian customers, because they may be subject to a massive international swindle. Several banks have already begun informing customers that their current debit and credit cards will be cancelled and replaced.
“We’re talking about a swindle involving millions of kroner, so it’s quite a big case,” Stein-Arne Tjore, communications chief for Nets, told Norwegian Broadasting (NRK) Wednesday afternoon.
Nets delivers digital payment services in the Nordic countries and launched an investigation after it emerged that several Norwegians had been swindled after using their cards on the same foreign online shopping site.
As many as 45,000 Norwegian bank cards have been used on the shopping site, which Nets claims it can’t publicly identify. “We’re not legally allowed to, because it’s not our job to investigate what may have happened,” Tjore told NRK. “In cases like this, we can only inform the international bank- and credit card companies, and then they need to take the necessary action after that.”
The banks have received lists from Nets showing which customers have used their cards on the suspected online shopping site. It’s up to each individual bank, though, to determine whether the cards should be stopped. Many of the cards identified by Nets have not yet been misused, but cancelling the accounts is viewed as a preventive measure in case they come to be used in a swindle.
Melhusbanken in Sør-Trøndelag is among the banks notified and NRK reported that it has now cancelled around 150 cards. “We haven’t seen any signs of misuse but we think it’s better to cancel cards before they may be misused,” Melhusbanken’s chief Ragnar Torland told NRK.