A senior citizen from Tölz has now become a victim of telephone fraudsters. © DPA/karl-Josef hildenbrand
Cash and gold jewelry in the mid-five-digit range handed over a Tölzer senior citizen on Thursday to an unknown money collector. A fake prosecutor had previously called the woman and told her that the daughter had caused a serious accident.
Bad Tölz - According to the police headquarters of Upper Bavaria South, there were a large number of fraudulent calls throughout the day on Thursday in the city of Rosenheim and the districts of Rosenheim, Miesbach and Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen. "In most cases, the potential victims reacted correctly by ending the phone call and informing the police," the police press release said.
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Scammers had engaged the woman on the phone in an hour-long conversation
However, the fraudsters were taken in by a senior citizen from Tölz. At around 12:30 p.m., she handed over cash and gold jewelry to an unknown man in the city area of Bad Tölz, who allegedly acted as a money collector for the fraudsters. The value is in the mid-five-digit range. The collector then disappeared with the loot. Previously, scammers had engaged the woman in conversations on the phone for hours, telling her that the daughter had caused a serious traffic accident. In order to avert a detention of the daughter, a high bail must be deposited.
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A senior citizen from Rosenheim was also the victim of the same scam on Thursday. The woman was guided by the fraudsters directly to the Rosenheim district court and handed over the valuables to the collector. Fortunately, she realized immediately after the handover that it was a scam. The lady was able to take the bag back, the alleged money collector fled.
In both cases, the Criminal Police Inspectorate, which is responsible for organised fraud offences and has central tasks of the Upper Bavaria South Police Headquarters, has taken over the investigations.
Seniors are sometimes cheated out of "horrendous sums"
The scams of the fraudsters have been known for a long time, "but nevertheless, senior citizens in particular are still victims and sometimes lose horrendous sums of money," according to the police. In many cases, the victims are directed to public buildings such as courts or town halls to hand over the valuables to the supposed police officers or prosecutors. However, this is only for the purpose of maintaining the legend.
The police give tips on how to behave:
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Fancy a voyage of discovery?
- Don't let yourself be pressured, even by supposedly urgent investigations, such as a nearby burglary or a bail that must be paid!
- The police will never ask for cash, transfers or valuables from you to carry out investigations! Just hang up!
- Never give information about your belongings, cash and valuables on the phone! Just hang up!
- Do not let anyone into the apartment who wants to see where you keep money or jewelry!
Never call back using the number displayed on the phone! DO NOT press redial. Hang up and then dial the emergency number 110!
- Always, even in the event of an attempt, file a complaint with your police station!
- In particular, the younger ones are expressly asked: speak openly about the perfidious scams of the telephone scammers and thus sensitize your close relatives and acquaintances who could become victims of such sneaky calls!
You can find even more up-to-date news from the region at Merkur.de/Bad Tölz.