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'Fake' grandkids charged after conning seniors

The Local · 6 Aug 2012, 14:18

Published: 06 Aug 2012 14:18 GMT+02:00

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The two men, 45 and 47, were detained in March and were charged after telephoning 137 people, 37 of whom were tricked into handing over cash and valuables believing they had been speaking with their grandchildren.

The scam earned the two fraudsters over a million kronor in cash ($148,170) and at least 215,000 kronor worth of jewellery.

The crimes were committed within a four month period, with the majority of victims being women aged over 80, the oldest being a woman born in 1912 who was tricked out of 50,000 kronor.

The case has been labelled as aggravated fraud, with the trial beginning on August 20th at the Hudiksvall District Court in eastern Sweden.

The frauds took place throughout northern and eastern Sweden, with police completing a though investigation.

"It was an extensive investigation that spanned 31 cities," explained Lars Berglund of the Gävleborg police to the TT news agency.

The con men preyed on the weak points of the elderly victims, carefully researching them before making their pleas, often claiming that the money would go towards a new car. If the money they received was not considered satisfactory, the pair asked for watches or jewellery.

Often, it wasn't until the victims called to ask for their money back that they realized they had been conned.

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Your comments about this article

15:06 August 6, 2012 by prince T
it is a pity that these good hearted people were conned. I hope that are made to face the full wrath of the law.

I just wonder how loving, caring and compassionate our current generation will be when they become grand parents.
15:43 August 6, 2012 by Rishonim
@Prince T. The full wrath of the law is this land is absurd. If murderers and rapist get 6 months to 18 months in jail, I doubt these fraudsters will get more than that.
15:54 August 6, 2012 by playmobil
Waiting for comments from the big group of openly racist people usually trying to point out that every crime in sweden is made by non swedish people.. what do you say about that criminality now?
17:15 August 6, 2012 by haladeen
playmobil: I only say: Wladislaw Kaminski and Andrzej Mitkevich.... do you get it?
20:32 August 6, 2012 by dizzymoe33
What a couple of pond scum they are! Karma sucks so I hope those two men get whats coming to them?
23:26 August 6, 2012 by wxman
What? When the day comes I don't recognize my own grandchildren, it's pretty much over anyway.
05:28 August 7, 2012 by JohnGrey
lol haladeen. It seems as though the native Swedes are immune from committing crimes except for sheep shagging. Now that one was a native Swede right?

On a side note, it's a truly sad story. If I may bring into discussion the fact that this story only reflects a sad reality that elderly people here are so lonely they become prey to merciless predators like these lot.
09:03 August 7, 2012 by RobinHood

I expect you feel rather silly now.
17:05 August 7, 2012 by johnny1939
hard to believe hat anyone these days would go for such nonsense. I certainly never would. A quick call to my children would soon sort it out.
10:02 August 8, 2012 by Rod Munch
--I expect you feel rather silly now.--

This has been happening to him/her A LOT lately.
16:53 August 17, 2012 by PatrikF
"I hope that are made to face the full wrath of the law. "

That's not going to be very painful in Sweden...
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