Identity theft an issue in 14th century Sweden

2018-09-24 10:38 #0 by: Niklas

Archaeologists have found part of a seal that probably belonged to archbishop Petrus Philippi who died 1341.

Seals were used instead of signatures during the Middle Ages in order to authenticate documents, as well as for sealing documents or packaged.

When Philippi died in 1341, the stamp was most likely destroyed right after his death. "That was done to prevent people from impersonating the bishop by using his seal”.

It seems not much has happened in 700 years. Identity theft is an even bigger problem now. ;-)

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2018-09-24 15:56 #1 by: Leia

People never change it seems haha.

All the best, Leia

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2018-09-27 16:03 #2 by: Tammie

Back then you would have had only a few options. Steal the seal or attempt to fabric a copy. Nowadays, you have a plethora of options for stealing someone’s identity.

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