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84-Year-Old Man in Vidin Scammed by Criminals Masking as the Police
Sofia, Bulgaria -
Phone scams targeting older people are a common occurrence in Bulgaria. Not only is the police unable to stop the practice, but scammers also started to impersonate the authorities. That’s what happened to an 84-year-old man from Vidin, Northwestern Bulgaria.
A phone scam gone right
Around 6 PM yesterday, the pensioner received a call from a man who introduced himself as an investigator working for the police. He demanded money for assistance in an investigation. The pensioner complied, throwing a plastic bag full of 1860 leva and some jewelry through his window.
Earlier this week, there was a victim of a suspiciously similar scam in Vidin. Again, she was contacted by the “police” with demands of payments. The woman threw a wallet with 825 leva, two rings, a debit card, and a discount card for traveling with the Bulgarian State Railway into the trash so the “authorities” can recover them.
Needless to say, the real police force wouldn’t beg for donations thrown from windows or in the garbage. That doesn’t stop many pensioners from buying into similar stories and throwing away their savings to unscrupulous crooks. The police department in Vidin hasn’t caught the perpetrator of this scam.
Recently, another older man got scammed for the substantial sum of €50,000 leva.