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Beware con artists in Luxembourg

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Police have warned the public to beware of con artists posing as police officers or other officials in Luxembourg.

Police have warned the public to beware of con artists posing as police officers or other officials in Luxembourg.

On Thursday they received two reports of scams in the country to steal both valuables and cash.

At around 10am, two French-speaking men entered the home of an elderly couple in Chemin de Brouck, Rodange, saying there had been a burglary in the area.

They asked the couple if any valuables had been stolen and the elderly pair showed police their safe. After a momentary distraction in which the so-called police said they would return to take pictures, the men left the scene with, the couple later realised, a substantial amount of their money.

Two hours later, a man called several service stations in the east of Luxembourg claiming to work for Cash & Go. At each shop, he told the cashier he needed to carry out repairs to payment terminals for which he needed some access codes. As a result of the scam, the man was able to steal several thousand euros.

In both instances, police are warning the public, in particular the older population, to be vigilant. In the case of the false police officers, they remind residents that all genuine Luxembourg police officers speak Luxembourgish, providing a good authenticity test for Luxembourgish speakers.

If there are any doubts as to the legitimacy of a police officer, people are urged to call the Luxembourg police on 113.