The woman received a text on December 24 from someone posing as her son, claiming he would have a new phone number. He would also need the money, as several bills had to be paid quickly. He would return the money soon, he promised.
The suspect in this case quickly withdrew large amounts from ATMs of various banks. This happened the same evening, among others, at an ATM on Mathenesserplein in Rotterdam. This form of scam is also called friend in need fraud Appointed.
Images of the man who withdrew the money in Rotterdam will air later today on the Bureau Rijnmond television show, RTV Rijnmond’s investigative program. The same images have already been shown in the national television program Opsporing Verzicht.
Almost 1000 euros
Today’s show also shows footage of a man involved in cheating a woman from Nieuwerkerk. On September 5, she was also kidnapped nearly 1,000 euros via a WhatsApp fraud. That same afternoon, this man was on screen at an ATM on Thomas Morelaan in Rotterdam.
During the police investigation, surveillance images of both situations were requested. Police hope there are people who recognize the men in the pictures.
Bureau Rijnmond will be broadcast on RTV Rijnmond at 5:20 pm. The program is then repeated every half hour. The images can also be seen on the website of Rijnmond office.