On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, police officers from the Zurich City Police arrested another suspected fraudster in District 1.
Earlier, a woman was contacted by phone by a fake police officer and pressured to hand over cash.
Shortly after 12:00 p.m., a 79-year-old woman called the operations center of the Zurich city police and stated that she had just received a call from the police. She informed her that her daughter had been involved in a serious traffic accident. The woman was asked to bring cash in the amount of tens of thousands of francs to a specific pickup location.
At around 4:00 p.m., a woman showed up at the agreed location to take the money as previously discussed. Investigators from the Zurich city police arrested the suspected fraudster, a 32-year-old Swede. She was handed over to the public prosecutor in Zurich.
More information on the subject of telephone fraud on the website of the Zurich City Police: https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/pd/de/index/stadtpolizei_zuerich/praevention/vermoegensdelikte/falscher-polizist.html
In the last few weeks there have been an increasing number of cases in which the tricksters have been successful with this or a similar scam. Therefore, the Zurich City Police once again points out:
- The police don’t ask for money over the phone.
- Never give cash or valuables to anyone you do not know. Do not leave a case of cash or valuables in an assigned location.
- If in doubt, always call the emergency number 117 immediately to clarify any uncertainties.
- Draw the attention of relatives and acquaintances to these fraud attempts.
- Report such phone calls to your nearest police station, even if they are successful.
Source: Zurich City Police
Cover picture: Symbolic picture © Philipp Ochsner
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