An alleged financial agent persuades four men from the Augsburg region to invest in cryptocurrencies. Fraudsters have stolen more than a quarter of a million euros in the past few weeks.
Fraudsters stole more than 100,000 euros in cash at the start of the new year in the Augsburg region. Four men out Zusmarshausen, Diedorf and Aystetten refunded on Monday police in Zusmarshausen system fraud report.
According to the police, all four had invested their money in cryptocurrencies through an unknown financial agent, allegedly at Binance. It turned out in the meantime that the invested money disappeared without a trace. The author is not yet known.
Although the exact amount of the total damage has not yet been determined, the loss of one of the four men alone amounts to more than 40,000 euros. According to the police, the total damage should therefore be in the six-figure range. Just before Christmas Eve, a 68-year-old man from Dinkelscherben also lost a lot of money. The eldest received a call saying he had won a contest.
I lost 20,000 euros in a bad draw
The scammers claimed that he would receive 58,000 euros. To be sure, he could convince himself of this on the Internet. In fact, the 68-year-old saw the alleged credit on said page. In order to get the prize, he only had to transfer 200 euros to an account, the attacker promised him. The man fell for it and, a few days later, after being asked again, transferred the money again. The scammers repeated this until the payments totaled over 20,000 euros. It was only then that the elder realized that he had been duped by scammers. Two elderly people from Neusäß and Schwabmünchen had recently lost a large sum of money and jewelry.
Money and jewelry worth more than 100,000 euros handed over
In both cases, the scammers faked a serious traffic accident for their victims. Apparently, a close relative is the cause. In order to prevent him from going to jail, the person called must now pay bail. In one case, an over-80-year-old woman from Schwabmünchen actually delivered money and jewelry with a six-figure value and handed the package over to an unknown collector. In the second case, an elderly woman also over 80 years old was duped by the scammers. Here, the unknown collector stole a low five-figure amount.
How to track scammers and how to behave correctly is available on the Internet at www.polizei-beratung.de. There is also the #NotMitMeinerOma #NachMitMeinOpa campaign initiated by the Swabia North Presidium. You can find it at: https://www.polizei.bayern.de/schuetzen-und-vorbeugen/senioren/027381/index.html