Two young men were sentenced to prison on Monday for defrauding several elderly women by posing as from the bank.
The two men, aged 19 and 22, have been convicted of tricking 21 women aged 77 to 92 from Zealand of their credit cards and PINs.
This happened when unknown assailants called the women up and said they were from the bank. The fraudsters have told the elderly that a suspicious transfer has been made on their account, but that an ’employee’ from the bank will come to secure their credit card. After the call, an ’employee’ showed up at their private addresses and tricked them out of their cards and PIN, after which several withdrawals and purchases were made from their cards.
The role of the two now convicted men has primarily been to withdraw the money from the victim’s credit cards.
The two men were also convicted of 411 attempted fraud, as investigators could see that the phone number from which the scammers had called had also tried to call 411 other senior citizens.
The 19-year-old was sentenced to one year and nine months in prison, while the 22-year-old was sentenced to one and a half years in prison.