Since November 2020, cases of fraud have been increasing in Stuttgart, in which the potential victims receive warning letters from an alleged lawyer. The police warned against this scam.
Stuttgart – Brazen fraudsters have been trying to get hold of the money of Stuttgart citizens for some time by sending them a warning letter from a supposed lawyer asking the potential victims to transfer money. The police have issued an urgent warning against this scam.
As the officials report, the cases have been increasing since November 2020. The perpetrators send out alleged reminders, which are supposed to give the impression that this is the last chance to settle supposedly outstanding claims from membership. In the letters, the perpetrators also offer to reduce the amount to around 280 euros instead of the requested 580 euros if this is transferred within a week. A pre-filled transfer slip is enclosed with the letters.
The officers are currently investigating around a dozen cases. So far, there is no known case in which a victim actually transferred money. The police assume that the perpetrators, who are obviously acting from abroad, will continue to send out such warning letters.