Cyprus Mail

Couple sought in scam case

Police are looking for a Limassol couple believed to have conned several people out of thousands of euros using a run-of-the-mill pity scam.

The suspected fraudsters, an Albanian national and his Greek Cypriot female partner, are believed to have swindled four persons out of some €14,500.

According to Limassol CID, scam victims gave the couple money after being told that the Albanian man’s brother suffered from a serious illness and needed money to get treatment abroad.

The swindle victims were shown medical certificates – that turned out to be fake – ascertaining the man’s illness.

The scam, which dates back to 2012, was accidentally exposed when one of its victims chanced upon the Albanian man’s brother and, talking to him, realised that the latter was in fine health.

Police have secured a warrant for the arrest of the two suspects, who may have fled the country. If so, authorities here would seek a European arrest warrant.


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