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Scammers deprive pensioners of five-figure amount - police warn again of shock calls

2023-11-29T13:49:44.824Z

Highlights: Scammers deprive pensioners of five-figure amount - police warn again of shock calls. Cash in the mid-five-digit range was handed over to fraudsters by a Weilheim resident on Tuesday evening, November 28. The police are looking for witnesses - and warn. about the scams of the fraudsters. Senior citizens in particular still fall victim to these so-called shock calls and lose horrendous sums of money as a result. In many cases, the injured parties are directed to public buildings such as courts or town halls in order to hand over the valuables to supposed police officers or court employees.



Status: 29.11.2023, 14:30 PM

By: Elena Siegl

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Shock calls are a particularly nasty scam (symbolic image) © DPA/karl-Josef hildenbrand

Cash in the mid-five-digit range was handed over to fraudsters by a Weilheim resident on Tuesday evening, November 28. The police are looking for witnesses - and warn.

Weilheim - In the area of Weilheim-Schongau and Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen, there were a large number of fraudulent calls yesterday, Tuesday, November 28, throughout the afternoon. In most cases, the potential victims reacted correctly by ending the phone call and informing the police.

In the evening, however, a pensioner from Weilheim handed over cash worth a mid-five-digit euro range to an unknown man and woman near the Weilheim train station. The collectors, who apparently acted for organized criminals, then disappeared with the loot, according to the report of the Upper Bavaria South police headquarters.

Fraudsters had previously engaged the man in conversations on the phone for hours and told him that the daughter had caused a serious traffic accident. In order to avert an imminent imprisonment of the daughter, a high bail had to be deposited - this was told to the victim by alleged employees of an authority.

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 investigation into this case.

After fraud in Weilheim: Police ask for clues

In order to clarify the facts of the case, the responsible criminal investigation department asks the public for information in the case under the telephone number 08031 / 200-0 or any other police station:

The male pick-up is described as follows: southern appearance, about 165 cm tall, about 40 to 45 years old, multi-day beard, dark clothing. The police report says about the female pick-up: about 160 cm tall, yellow top, light-dark patterned skirt, tights

Who saw the people described above on 28.11.2023, between 18:00 p.m. and 19:00 p.m. in the vicinity of Weilheim train station? Who can provide information on the identity of this person(s)? Who saw suspicious vehicles in the vicinity of the station or its parking lot at the relevant time? Who else has relevant information that can be used to solve the crime?

Police warn of shock calls and give tips on how to behave

The scams of the fraudsters have been well known for a long time, but nevertheless senior citizens in particular still fall victim to these so-called shock calls and lose horrendous sums of money as a result. In many cases, the injured parties are directed to public buildings such as courts or town halls in order to hand over the valuables to the supposed police officers, prosecutors or court employees. However, this is only for the purpose of maintaining the legend. The police therefore continue to issue urgent warnings and give tips on how to behave:

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  • Don't let yourself be pressured, even by supposedly urgent investigations, such as a burglary nearby or a deposit that must be paid!
  • The police will never ask you for cash, transfers or valuables to carry out an investigation! Just hang up!
  • Never give information about your belongings, cash and valuables over the phone! Just hang up!
  • Don't let anyone into the apartment who wants to see where you keep money or jewelry!
  • Never call back from the number displayed on the phone! DO NOT press redial. Hang up and then dial the emergency number 110!
  • Always, even in the case of an attempt, file a complaint with your police inspectorate!

Source: merkur

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