Austria – International Pensioners’ Scam Uncovered

3 international scammers, accused of defrauding pensioners of over €2.5M,

Another day, another heartless . Authorities in have confirmed that 3 international scammers – two Serbian and one Turkish nationals – were in for running an elaborate , defrauding pensioners of their savings, raking up millions of Euros in the process.

International Pensioners’ Uncovered – Finleaks

The scammers, identified as Austrian officers, using technology to disguise the origins of their calls, and providing false information to mislead the trusting pensioners, offered their assistance in investigating robberies. Warning the that due to a string of unsolved robberies, which the suspects were pretending to investigate, their savings are insecure and urged the to transfer the money to the , so it will be protected until the robberies are solved. In order to provide legitimacy to their outrageous demands, the suspects showed up at the ’ homes wearing fake uniforms and carrying fake badges, presenting themselves as Austrian officers, easing their minds and persuading them to hand over their money to the ‘’. The transferred money was quickly converted to , and none of it – which was saved for years in order to ensure the victims’ well-being after retirement – was recovered by the .  

The 3 , are believed to have been running this scheme since November , with at least 38 cases of innocent pensioners falling victim to their until their arrest. The have transferred their pension savings, which amassed to a staggering amount of more €2.5 M.

This , which manipulated the fears of the , in order to create a level of trust that allowed the perps to rob them of their savings, brings to mind several other cases in which people were misled to believe they were assisting the authorities, while their money was taken. One of biggest scams of its kind in was the infamous ‘European Funds Recovery Initiative (EFRI)’ – a scam run by and , in which a sham-site was launched offering of online frauds to come together and join forces to file class-action lawsuits against their scammers. Once the were convinced, they were urged to pay certain fees in order to hire the necessary legal personnel to take on these cases only to later discover that never really existed, no lawyers were ever hired and no lawsuits were ever filed.  

Austrian believe that the gang and their collaborators have run similar schemes in other European countries, but no further arrests have been made as of yet.

We urge our readers to remain alert. If you, or your loved ones, are surprisingly contacted by the police regarding matters that you have no ties to or understanding of, we urge you to go to the police station in person in order to verify the validity of such efforts before giving away any information. Furthermore, we would like to remind you that under no circumstances may the police ask for a payment, or hold on to your money, unless specifically ordered to do by court orders. 

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