SWEDEN - Cashless Payment Apps Opportunity for Thieves

Arno Froese

A Swedish man has been mugged via app in what may be the first of many cashless street robberies.

Three thugs surrounded the victim around 1:30am in the university district of Gothenburg.

After threatening him, they forced him to hand over 2,000 Swedish krona ($220) via a cashless money transfer app.

According to Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, the man was forced to pay up via Swish, an easy payments app similar to Venmo in the United States.

Police in Gothenburg said that it was the first case of robbery by app they had seen.

Around 80% of all transactions in the Scandinavian country are now made by card, while more than half of the population are thought to be users of the Swish app.

The result is that many Swedes have stopped carrying notes and coins altogether—posing a problem for petty criminals, but also giving them a new opportunity.

-heatst.com, 13 April 2017

Arno's commentary

Sweden is one of the most peaceful, secure, and prosperous countries in the world. But, as this articles indicates, there is no such thing as a nation without crime. Not carrying cash, in this case, did not help. The victim lost 2,000 Swedish krona ($220). When it comes to crime, UN statistics place the US as number 14 and Sweden number 135 on the list of most criminalized countries. This shows that a well-organized, civilized, and peaceful country still has to deal with crime.

We are reminded here of the words of our Lord Jesus, in relationship to Judas the betrayer: “The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born” (Matthew 26:24).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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