Gang de­fraud­ing Ger­mans on the phone de­tained

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

A TOTAL of 38 sus­pects in­volved in scam­ming Ger­man na­tion­als on the phone were de­tained in five Turk­ish cities yes­ter­day. Po­lice found com­put­ers and phones in of­fices the sus­pects used as fake “call cen­ters” for the fraud op­er­a­tion worth about 1 mil­lion eu­ros.

IN what po­lice dubbed “Op­er­a­tion Guten Mor­gen,” a total of 38 sus­pects were de­tained in five cities yes­ter­day for scam­ming Ger­man na­tion­als by phone. The sus­pects are ac­cused of de­fraud­ing 20 Ger­man na­tion­als of about 1 mil­lion eu­ros.

Raids were car­ried out in An­talya, Istanbul, Bursa, İzmir and Muğla, as part of an op­er­a­tion by po­lice in An­talya. An­talya po­lice said the sus­pects pre­tended to be po­lice of­fi­cers. Fur­ther­more, po­lice found a large num­ber of com­put­ers and phones in of­fices that the sus­pects used as fake “call cen­ters” for the purpose of the scam.

The scam was dis­cov­ered when 25 Ger­man hol­i­day­mak­ers who vis­ited Tur­key in the past told Ger­man po­lice in sep­a­rate com­plaints that they re­ceived calls from a “call cen­ter.” The vic­tims said they were threat­ened with le­gal ac­tion if they didn’t pay “taxes” for the goods they bought in Tur­key. They said they sus­pected some­thing was wrong when they were re­peat­edly called by the same call cen­ter, though they wired money to the scam­mers.

Turk­ish po­lice found out that the sus­pects se­cretly ob­tained per­sonal data of the vic­tims and set up mul­ti­ple call cen­ters in Istanbul, İzmir, An­talya and Muğla, pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for hol­i­day­mak­ers.

In an­other op­er­a­tion, po­lice had ar­rested 20 sus­pects in İzmir in an­other scam tar­get­ing Ger­man na­tion­als last week. Like the gang ar­rested in An­talya and other cities, the scam­mers in İzmir were ac­cused of pos­ing as po­lice of­fi­cers and threat­en­ing vic­tims with le­gal ac­tion be­cause of crimes con­cocted by the gang members.

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