Fraud Victim Forgets She Never Had a Son

A woman in Kursk region in southern Russia has paid a ransom to free her son from frauds posing as policemen – forgetting she never had male offspring.

The 54-year-old woman, whose name was withheld, was awoken at night by a call from an alleged traffic policeman informing her that her son was responsible for a large-scale road incident, police said on Tuesday.

She was told the matter could be settled for a bribe, and rushed off to transfer a total of 54,000 rubles ($1,600) to three telephone numbers via a payment terminal, the report said.

Only after completing the transfer did she realize she never had a son, police said. It remained unclear whether the woman had any daughters.

Such scams are widespread throughout the country, but it is unusual for a victim to be conned so completely, a police spokeswoman said. A case has been opened.


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