Po­lice on trail of large gang that swin­dled el­derly

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A 26-year-old woman was ar­rested yes­ter­day as po­lice sought at least another 15 sus­pects in con­nec­tion to a string of re­ports by el­derly peo­ple from dif­fer­ent parts of Greece who said they had been cheated out of money.

At the center of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion are 44 re­ports made at precincts in the Greek cap­i­tal, on Crete, Naxos and in Messinia, among other ar­eas, sug­gest­ing that the gang has been at work since 2010 and has swin­dled over 130,000 eu­ros out of el­derly vic­tims.

Mem­bers of the gang are be­lieved to have posed as friends of close rel­a­tives of the el­derly vic­tims in or­der to gain their trust and con­vince them to hand over cash in or­der to held the al­leged rel­a­tives.

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