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Fake charity collector arrested

A WOMAN from a village in the Paphos district has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a felony, forgery and eliciting money under false pretenses.

The 33-year-old was arrested on Tuesday night following as complaint to police by the bishop of Paphos that the woman had forged a letter in which he allegedly gave his consent for her to raise money for children with disabilities. She was remanded on Wednesday for two days.

Police have not ruled out others being involved in the scam and are investigating.

Bishop Georgios warned parishioners not to be deceived by fake charity collectors.

“Some people tried to deceive faithful Christians by carrying a circular supposedly with my signature,” he said, adding that the scammers were very cunning. “We are going through a difficult time and there are many people in need, but these needs should not be exploited by others,” he added.

 

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Source: Cyprus News Agency