Man arrested on suspicion of conning elderly people

A 58-year-old man was arrested in Athens on Wednesday on suspicion of being part of a gang that had conned at least seven elderly residents in the suburbs of Nea Smyrni, Holargos and Palaio Faliro out of money since 2001.

Generally one member of the gang would approach a potential victim and extract details about their private lives. Then a second member would later approach the same individual and claim to be owed money by one of his or her relatives.

Police are seeking the 58-year-old’s accomplices.