Bulgarian Pensioner lost €50,000 to Phone Scammers

Another Bulgarian pensioner has been burned by phone scammers. This time, the victim lost 100,000 BGN which was supposed to be put under protection while a band of robbers was pillaging the Capitol.

A Bulgarian pensioner suffered a substantial loss after he was tricked by phone scammers. One afternoon, the unnamed Bulgarian pensioner received a phone call from a man, who claimed he was Plamen Markov from the 4th police precinct in Sofia. The pretend police officer warned the man that there is a raging band of Russians, Chechens, Bulgarians and Gypsies, who perform “phone terrorism”. This band would also enter people’s homes and rob them of everything they own, using specialized tools which reveal hidden money. After this exposition, the pensioner was advised to give all of his money to the police for safe keeping.

Few minutes after the warning, the pensioner received a phone call from an unknown man, who ordered him to give him all of his money, otherwise he would rip-out his spleen. The pensioner got frightened, collected all of the available money at his home, afterwards went to the bank and withdrew a substantial deposit he had acquired from selling real estate property and even sold all of his family’s gold and jewels. In the end, he collected 100,000 BGN (€50,000) and delivered the money to five different drop points. Afterwards, the man safely returned to his home. Later, he contacted the police to check if they had secured his money, only to be informed that he had fallen prey to a scam. None of the scammers have been identified or located.

Even though phone scams have been occurring in Bulgaria for over 20 years and have even received the nickname of “Allo Scams”, there still are people, predominantly pensioners, who fall victim to these crimes. For over two decades, no scandal, warning or story has been shocking enough to shake the foundations of the “Allo Scammers’ ” status quo, no matter how ridiculous their claims get.

(Picture taken from: dmcinfo.com)

Bozhidar Lazarov

Bozhidar Lazarov is a freelance writer, hobbyist programmer and an aspired novelist. Feel free to follow him on https://www.minds.com/seriousways for his latest articles and personal projects.

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