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Woman fined after using photo of stranger to collect money for ‘sick daughter’ (updated)

Police have called on the public to be vigilant after a 51-year-old woman was fined €250 on Friday by the Limassol district court after being caught collecting money for her sick child by the family of a girl she was claiming to be her sick daughter.

The woman, a Larnaca resident, was asking for money from patients at the Limassol general hospital on Friday morning for her sick daughter, handing out flyers with the photo of her alleged child.

One of the people who took that flyer was the sister of the girl in the photo, who reported the 51-year-old woman to the hospital’s security.

The woman was arrested and taken to court where she was found guilty of unauthorised money collection and was fined €250.

Following the incident, police urged members of the public to be alert, as such cases are not uncommon close to the Easter and Christmas holidays.

According to Limassol CID spokesman Ioannis Soteriades there have been incidents in the past involving persons arriving from abroad to beg for money, mainly during these holiday seasons.

He urged members of the public to be cautious of persons asking money in churches, hospitals and public areas during this time of the year.

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