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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 19 March 2017)
Beware of 'police' bearing pepperoni.
In recent years, well-off elderly people have been targeted by
hoodwinkers calling on the phone. The newest victim is 90 year-old
Iranian Professor Hüsrev Mollah, who established a university in
Iran, taught at universities in Germany and Turkey and has served on
the boards of some big companies.
The swindlers called Prof. Mollah, who is a recent widower living
alone in Yeniköy, Istanbul. The callers identified themselves as
police and said they were conducting a big operation against a
counterfeit ring, which is why they had to examine the Professor's
Threatened with arrest if he did not cooperate, Prof. Mollah went
to the bank and withdrew 285,000 TL (about $75,000). He gave
the money to the swindlers, then went to another bank and withdrew
250,000 Euros. The suspects arrived at Prof. Mollah's house with
pizza - they made a habit of coming to his house with a treat and
kissing his hands, as one would do to an elder.
Too much phone time with telehoodwinkers.
Realizing that Prof. Mollah's resources were at an end, the swindlers
feigned a call to the 'public prosecutor' to assuage the Professor's
anxiety. A while later, when no investigation occurred, Prof. Mollah
realized that he had been bamboozled and called police. He
lamented that "I was going to buy a house with that money."
The Big Professor lives in tony Yeniköy (7).