German dating site scammers
They promise to help if the victim entrusts them with their bank details.
“It’s well organized,” says Peter Depuydt, project manager for fraud at Europol.
People are also living longer, many with conditions such as cognitive decline.
“We get calls consistently from relatives saying they’re worried about Mum or Dad in their 70s or 80s.
She wired him her savings of94,000 krone (about ,600 CAD), including a visit to her. “How could a woman of my background, working all over Europe, get taken in like this? Police are worried about cases like Lis’s because many are carried out by international organized crime gangs, operating behind the shield of a computer in Nigeria, Malaysia or Israel, far beyond the reach of local law enforcement.
The Danish force issued a stark public warning, as have forces in Germany, France, Canada and the US.
Age UK, the largest British charity for older people, puts the rise in elder scams down partly to the fact that more over-50s are online now than ever before.
They’d met on a dating site and, after two months exchanging emails and phone calls, this would be their first real-life encounter.
After the crowd thinned to nothing, Lis still stood there waiting.
In Sweden, the UK and Belgium, police recently warned of a hoax where a scammer calls a victim pretending to be a detective.
The “cop” tells them that scammer have accessed their bank account.
But, he adds: “We believe the number’s rising, because elders are such easy targets.” British police unit Action Fraud reported that more than 92,000 scam complaints between October 2016 and September 2017 came from people age 50 and over—making up 55 per cent of victims.