One arrested, 15 sought over swindles against elderly victims

A 26-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday as police sought at least another 15 suspects in connection to a string of reports by elderly people from different parts of Greece who said they had been cheated out of money.

At the center of the investigation are 44 reports made at precincts in the Greek capital, on Crete, Naxos and in Messinia, among other areas, suggesting that the gang has been at work since 2010 and has swindled over 130,000 euros out of elderly victims.

Members of the gang are believed to have posed as friends of close relatives of the elderly victims in order to gain their trust and convince them to hand over cash in order to held the alleged relatives.

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