Rapla resident loses over half a million euros after phone fraud

Euros (picture is illustrative).
Euros (picture is illustrative). Source: ERR

Fraudsters used a phone scam to steal more than half a million euros last year from a Rapla resident.

The amount is thought to be the highest taken in a scam of its kind in Estonia, and involved a Russian-speaking man contacting the victim and getting them to agree to a request to transfer the sum to a foreign bank account, according to authorities.

The victim cannot access the account and lost over €500,000.

While the prosecutor's office opened criminal proceedings this week to investigate the case, Liivi Reinhold, spokeswoman for the Western District Prosecutor's Office, said no further details about the incident would be disclosed. 

She added that fraudulent transactions of this kind had been carried out in Estonia in the past up to around €100,000, but this was the largest to have happened so far.

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