Granny sleuth.

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An 80-year-old woman in Thes­sa­loniki has helped po­lice ar­rest the sus­pected first mem­ber of gang that scammed el­derly peo­ple out of at least 67,000 eu­ros. The con artists are al­leged to have ob­tained the money by call­ing pen­sion­ers and claim­ing that they were doc­tors at a lo­cal hospi­tal where a rel­a­tive was be­ing treated af­ter an ac­ci­dent. They would then ask for cash to pay for the treat­ment. How­ever, the 80-year-old sus­pected it was a scam when she re­ceived the call. She checked that her son had not been in­volved in an ac­ci­dent and then called po­lice, who helped set up a meet­ing with the sup­posed doc­tor to hand over the cash. This led to the ar­rest of a 59-year-old man who claims he knew noth­ing about the scam and that he was a taxi driver who had been hired to col­lect a pack­age whose contents he was not aware of. The gang is thought to have conned 13 peo­ple and failed in its ef­forts to trick an­other 39. One of their vic­tims lost 39,000 eu­ros due to the fraud­sters’ ac­tions. It is not known how many more peo­ple were in­volved in the scam.

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