- 29 Jan 2020 8:27 AM
- Hungary Around the Clock
The criminal organisation specialised in fraud directed against elderly people between August 2018 and June 2019.
The group robbed 33 elderly victims of cash and jewellery worth more than Ft 43 million.
Police formed an investigative team in 2018 specifically to fight this kind of crime.
It emerged that many crimes were previously unreported because the victims were ashamed of having been deceived.
The fraudsters used the same scheme to deceive the elderly: they called the victim from a UK telephone number pretending to be a grandchild or a relative.
The callers claimed that they had caused a car accident and needed money to pay for the damage, or that they were in danger of being beaten if they did not provide money.
The callers avoided face-to-face meetings by convincing the victims that they could not personally collect the money or jewellery, but sent a friend.
The offenders may face up to 16 years in prison.