At least 511 German citizens were scammed out of 7 million euros in total, fearing investigations allegedly opened against them in Turkey.
Media reported Tuesday that 11 people were detained on fraud charges in Turkey’s resort province of Antalya. The detainees are accused of swindling German citizens who were tricked to giving away thousands of euros to ditch alleged, Turkey-originated investigations against them.
“An arrest warrant was issued for you over your support for FETO [short for alleged Fethullahist Terror Group]. In order for us to revoke the warrant, you are required to pay 12,500 euros,” victims had been told.
At least 511 German citizens have been scammed out of 7 million euros in total so far, media said.
The scam scheme mostly targeted Turkish origin German citizens.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. What the Turkish government has done in the name of anti-coup crackdown amounted to an all-out witch-hunt against dissidents, particularly the supporters of the Gulen movement, accused of leading the failed coup.
The group denies involvement however 200,000 people were implicated in post-coup investigations and nearly half of them have been put in pre-trial detention since the summer of 2016.