Two elderly residents in Tilburg, an 88-year-old woman and an 85-year-old man, were the victims of fraud. On Thursday 8 July 2021, two men posing as bank employees have stolen tens of thousands of euros. The police warns against these sophisticated scammers who combine a chat trick with cybercrime.
One of the victims is an 88-year-old woman. She said that yesterday around 11.30 am she was called by a man who pretended to be an employee of the RABO bank. He told her that she had been a victim of phishing. An unknown person had just withdrawn money from her account in Amsterdam. He would send a colleague to block the transfer. Ten minutes later, her doorbell rang. There was a man at the door with a tag hanging from his pants as if he was a bank employee.
The complainant let him in after which he turned on her computer and had her log in at the bank. According to this ‘helpful’ man, she had a virus on her PC. After some time, he cut her off and then left the house. After the victim told a family member what had happened to her, it became clear that she had been scammed. By now a large part of her savings had been withdrawn from her accounts.
According to the declarant, the man who called her was an older person who spoke perfect Dutch. The man who came into her home is white and between 20 and 30 years old. He has short blond hair. An 85-year-old man in Tilburg North was also defrauded in the same way yesterday. A considerable amount of money was also withdrawn from him. In view of the method and description, the police of the Groene Beemden team takes into account that these are the same perpetrators and is conducting a further investigation and checking whether there are relevant camera images.