The defrauded woman was contacted by phone a total of one hundred and sixty times over the course of 22 days. The calls lasted more than 18 hours. At first contact, a man posing as her niece’s boyfriend introduced himself and made an urgent request for financial assistance.
“He told her that he was in a big financial and time crunch, so he urgently needed to borrow as much money as possible. He didn’t specify the purpose or the amount,” police spokeswoman Jana Šimunková told TASR. The victim withdrew 24,000 euros from her account, which she handed over to an alleged acquaintance of her niece’s boyfriend at the hospital in Kramároch.
After some time, the fraudster called again, saying that he needed more funds to invest in gold. The senior woman agreed, followed the instructions and left a plastic bag with 129,000 euros in cash near her house. This was repeated once more with the amount of 103 thousand euros.
Traces in the case also lead to the Czech Republic. “During one of the handovers of the money, the senior woman also inserted a payment card with a PIN code into the plastic bag, from which the perpetrators withdrew another 19,900 euros from various ATMs in Prague,” spokeswoman Šimunková added.