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15 June, 2024
 
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Fake doctors strike again defrauding thousands in euros and jewelry

Police sound alarm over surge in impersonation scams

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In a renewed alert, the police urge the public to stay vigilant following new reports of fraud cases involving individuals falsely posing as doctors.

Two new cases were reported to the police yesterday, prompting them to appeal to citizens to promptly inform authorities in cases of fraud. They can do so by contacting the nearest Police Station, the District Police Branches, or the Citizen's Hotline at 1460.

The perpetrators of this scam, masquerading as doctors, make phone calls to citizens and request substantial sums of money. They claim that a close relative has been injured in an accident and urgently needs surgical intervention and medical care.

According to the two new reports filed yesterday afternoon, suspects made phone calls to two elderly women, aged 79 and 80, residents of Nicosia and Limassol, respectively.

Deceptively, they informed the victims that their daughters had been injured in an accident and urgently needed surgical procedures, each with a separate cost of 90,000 euros.

Believing the perpetrators, the two women handed over money and valuables to the unknown individuals who visited their homes. Specifically, the 79-year-old gave approximately 4,000 euros in cash and jewelry valued at around 8,000 to 10,000 euros to the stranger who came to her home.

The 80-year-old, on the other hand, gave approximately 2,500 to 3,000 euros in cash and undisclosed-value jewelry to two unknown individuals who visited her residence.

In light of these new reports, the police once again urge the public to exercise caution. They advise individuals to immediately contact the nearest Police Station, District Police Branches, or the Citizen's Hotline at 1460 if they receive similar phone calls.

This serves as a vital precaution to protect against this impersonation scam targeting vulnerable citizens.

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