Two people were arrested on Tuesday in the northern Greek city of Katerini over a scam involving phoning parents and telling them that their sons or daughters had caused a road accident that resulted in the death of a child.
The caller would then ask for money to ensure that their relatives were cleared of wrongdoing.
Police said the scam targeted at least two women, aged 57 and 81, and that the calls were placed by an unknown accomplice of the two suspects – a woman, 49, and a man, 33. The victims paid up 5,000 and 1,500 euros each.
Police are investigating whether the suspects – both Bulgarian nationals – have committed other similar crimes.