Woman Almost Scammed by New Facebook Friend 炒作俄烏衝突 桃園婦人險被詐騙29萬元

Scam organizations are always a few steps ahead. Police stopped a woman from wiring NT$290,000 into a domestic account to help a "U.S. military doctor" who claimed he was being attacked by Ukrainian forces in Israel.


A 74-year-old Taoyuan woman surnamed Lin approved a Facebook friend request earlier this month. The other person claimed to be a U.S. military doctor stationed in Israel. According to the "doctor," he was worried for his own life due to daily attacks from Ukrainian people and needed money to leave the military.

Ms. Lin: “He said he was a military doctor in Israel and they had to deal with Ukrainian people coming to kill their soldiers every day. He said people were being killed almost every day, and asked me to help him.”

Wu Tsung-ying, Deputy Chief, Wuling Police Station: “Scam organizations were using international conflict to get the sympathy of the victim. They asked her to go to the bank to wire them money. The bank immediately notified the police, which sent officers over to learn more.”

The woman felt so sorry for her new Facebook friend that she went to the bank to wire him NT$290,000 to help him get home. Lin did not believe the police when they informed her that Ukraine is the one being invaded, not Israel. They also pointed out the account she was wiring money to was a domestic account.

Police Officer: “We've received reports from other victims that wired them money. Believe us, you're being scammed.”

Lin refused to listen to the police and insisted on completing the transaction, saying she couldn't disappoint her new friend. The police looked up the recipient's account and found it was already flagged. This means all funds transferred into the account are immediately frozen. It was only when they told Lin this part that she believed she was being scammed and went home.

 

 

 

林姓婦人在2月初透過臉書認識網友,聲稱自己是美軍駐以色列軍醫,因烏克蘭攻打以色列造成傷亡,他擔心自身安危想退役,但需要一筆保證金。

林姓婦人表示,網友稱自己現在在以色列,「他是那裡面的軍醫啦,他們每天要碰到烏克蘭的人,來殺他的兵士,幾乎是天天有人要死啦,所以叫我幫忙他。」

桃園分局武陵所副所長吳宗穎說明:「詐騙集團利用國際局勢,博取被害人同情,要求被害人至銀行進行匯款,銀行立即通報警方趕至現場了解。」

婦人表示同情軍醫遭遇,到銀行打算匯款29萬元,幫助他退役返家。警方了解後告訴林婦,近日是烏克蘭遭俄羅斯攻打,而且對方提供帳號為國內帳戶,不太可能幫助到遠在以色列的人。

警方向婦人勸阻:「已經有其他人受害匯進去,去報案了,你要相信我們,這是詐騙集團。」

林姓婦人聽完警方說明,仍擔心無法向朋友交代,堅持要匯款。不過警方隨即查詢帳號發現,該帳戶已經被列為警示帳戶,匯入該帳戶款項都會被凍結,證明已有民眾受害,林婦才恍然大悟,發現自己被騙,決定停止匯款。

 

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