Neubrandenburg (dpa/mv) - The police in Neubrandenburg warn of a scam in which a pensioner from Western Pomerania lost more than 17,000 euros. As a police spokeswoman said on Friday, the 66-year-old from the island of Usedom fell for a caller who claimed to be "Dr. Richter from the consumer center". This woman explained to him that there were pending seizure notices against the brother of the 66-year-old man.
In 2021, scammers in the Northeast had stolen a total of around three million euros with similar scams, including shock calls from fake police officers or lawyers, about a third more than in 2020. Experts predict that this sum could be even higher in 2022.