The pensioner filed a complaint last Thursday. The money flowed into nine different accounts abroad. The chances of ever getting the amounts back are slim, because these are usually gangs that are abroad. The police did not want to give more details for reasons of victim protection.
The case is strongly reminiscent of the one that became known in the Steyr-Land district at the end of January. A 50-year-old had online contacts with an alleged French woman who wrote him love vows and also told him that she wanted to move to Austria. But unfortunately she has “financial difficulties”. The 50-year-old made 31 transfers – a total of more than 30,000 euros. German money laundering investigators got the case rolling when they came across the Upper Austrian’s accounts and transfers.
New scam in Vienna
The Viennese police have reported on a completely new scam. The perpetrators, who operate under the name “Sara”, buy computers and TV sets on online platforms such as willhaben.at and pay the purchase price of exactly 1560 euros.
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For the transfer, “Sara” asks the seller to provide the account details. At the same time, the fraudsters are offering rental apartments online that do not even exist in reality. The deposit – exactly 1560 euros – must then be transferred to the account of the willhaben seller. For “quick processing without a purpose”, as the perpetrators request.
The fraudsters then collect the goods from the online seller, and the prospective tenants lose the deposit for a non-existent apartment. The police advise viewing rental properties before paying and not making unsolicited transfers.
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