Those affected could refuse this type of payment: “There is always the option of making a transfer,” emphasized the police. To be on the safe side, anyone who suspects fraud should fall back on this.

According to the police department in Görlitz, Saxony, the latest scam are: “Corona shock calls”. Corresponding fraud attempts on the phone had increased in Görlitz.

According to the police, a stranger called a man and pretended to be a doctor who was about to fly the son of the person concerned to Dresden. The reason is a corona infection, the patient’s condition is allegedly critical. “The supposed doctor also reported that the sick person urgently needed a Russian preparation. This had to be financed with 8,000 euros,” it said. However, the called party did not respond and hung up.

In Dresden, a trickster tried a different way. According to the police, a man called a 79-year-old woman and pretended to be her grandson. He claimed to have corona and was lying in a hospital. Then he handed the phone over to a supposed doctor. He told the pensioner that her grandson would die if he was not treated with an unapproved drug. But costs of 150,000 euros have to be paid for this. The woman called her real grandson back and noticed the planned fraud in time.

Warning to private sellers on online classifieds markets: At the moment, a trick is being used increasingly in which criminals try to rip off their victims via the transport costs, warns the Hamburg consumer center.

The alleged buyer immediately expresses great interest in the goods on offer and does not even try to negotiate the asking price. If the seller tries to make an appointment for collection and payment, the prospective buyer can allegedly not be able to attend because he is currently abroad.

As a solution, the interested party offers to transfer the purchase price and the transport costs to the seller’s bank account and commission a shipping company to collect the goods. If the seller agrees, he will receive an email from a payment service confirming that the purchase price including the collection costs has been debited from the buyer’s account.

The email is of course fake: The seller’s account will never receive a cent. Instead, the seller asks to send the shipping costs to the alleged transport company abroad via a money transfer service. The money is then gone, never to be seen again.

Therefore, consumers should stop the supposed sale by this point at the latest and do nothing more, advise consumer advocates.

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