Crime: In love with Clint Eastwood’s son: This is how a woman fell victim to love scammers

During the pandemic, a particularly large number of people fell victim to criminals who steal their trust online and rob them. The victim and secret detective Tamer Bakiner unpack.

At the end of the three-hour conversation, the woman bursts into tears. He is also supposed to cry, which has happened to Petra Maier since 2016. In fact, it has a different name. To protect a woman, it’s better to change her name. In any case, fantasy names play a major role in the history of lies, love and suffering. The 55-year-old does not want her husband, children or local people to find out how she fell victim to a fraud on the Internet and gave him a total of about 300,000. euro, although she had not yet seen the man face to face.

A woman from southern Germany only hates the perpetrator who pretended to be Scott Eastwood, son of actor Clint Eastwood, who is probably from Africa. The barber, and later a bakery salesman, seems relieved that she can finally tell a story that she has carried with her for so long. Petra Maier speaks quickly in a strong dialect. She wrote back and forth in English with a man who is not a model and actor Scott Eastwood. Of course, she doubted what such a dazzling-looking, slender American with disheveled hair “would want from an elderly woman in the provinces of Germany.” But Scott, as the German colloquially calls him, spoke of the disappointments he suffered with women his age who showed only interest in his family and all his money. The trickster pretended otherwise, after all, she was financially secure. The criminal knew how to flatter the Germans and complimented their appearance after exchanging photos.

Most importantly, the scammer made time for her

Petra Maier, who raised several children, worked hard and earned well, is actually a critical person. But Scott took time for her, unlike her husband who had cheated on her. He listened patiently, looked for daily contact and empathized with her world. A friend wrote and told the woman what was good for her. “After 35 years of marriage, my husband has forgotten that I still exist,” says Petra Maier.

The crooks know that, so to speak, draw a golden love card. This gives criminals the key to women’s hearts. Scammers for love or romance, that is, scammers for love and romance, become emotionally attached to women where there is the best chance of success. Feelings, even when feigned, can act like drugs. They are so addictive that some are willing to give enormous financial aid to those who devote too much attention and time to them. When it comes to coming up with newer and newer emergencies, scammers are real professionals.

During the Corona period, when many were home, Internet scammers found the key to even more victims. Tamer Bakiner, a secret detective from Augsburg who has investigated many such cases, says: “During the pandemic, people under stress fled to a fantasy world. They felt safe on internet platforms. ” The Bavarian State Criminal Police Office (LKA) confirms Bakiner’s information to our editors that the number of reported cases has tripled during the pandemic. In the Free State, it has risen from a low three-digit number before Corona to a three-digit average now. This is just the tip of the iceberg. It is not only investigators who assume “an incredibly high number of unreported cases.”

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Petra Maier sought help on TV shows RTL and FROM DF famous detective. The woman keeps saying, “My story is amazing, really amazing!” She is a bit amazed at herself. Petra Maier is also ashamed that she fell for the trickster. In the end, she drew her friend Paula Schmidt (name changed by the editors) into the story. The 61-year-old sat down with Chris, Scott’s alleged friend, and gave him 250,000 euros. Scott and Chris used photos stolen from the Internet to impersonate other people. They always gave women hope that they would come to Germany soon.

The victim considered emigrating to the United States

For Petra Maier, the prospect of moving to the United States was tempting. After her illness, she wanted to start over. Now she has lost all her money, including her inheritance, and can only live modestly. A German woman used to have between 3,500 and 4,000 euros a month at her disposal, now it is only 1,100 euros, almost half of which is spent on rent. “I owe it all to that asshole Scott,” he says. The woman took out a mortgage for him on a house and repeatedly transferred thousands of euros. Petra Maier is even more angry with the impostor than with her good faith: “He doesn’t care if a person like me has been left behind as a wreck.”

Secret investigator Bakiner doesn’t want to deceive the woman. He tells her, “The money is gone forever. You’ll never get it back, not even part of it. Because 48 hours after the transfer, all traces were removed. Petra Maier looks disappointed. The only hope investigators can give the two women is the prospect of finding Scott and Chris and flying back to them after careful research. A trip to the perpetrators would probably take Petra Maier and Paula Schmidt to Africa, Dubai or Istanbul, where such romance scammers often live and where, as Bakiner says, the authorities “are not interested in them.” Augsburger tracked down some scammers, be it in Kenya or Dubai. It doesn’t reveal how it works. Bakiner needs a large team for such a campaign that lasts from one to two months. Ultimately, the operation costs between 40,000 and 60,000 euros. The undercover investigator advises desperate women not to “throw good money for bad.” He wants to be honest with them.

Some victims hire him anyway. Bakiner explains it this way: “To shut it all down, they just want to face the man they trusted and disappoint them and tell him right in the face what a bastard he is.” Then they feel better. Petra Maier would like to “grease Scott one” and then ask him, “Just go to work.” Every day, “every damn day,” she blames herself for falling in love with this man.

What lies are invented by romantic scammers

Scott must have a fertile imagination. Bad things supposedly happened to him and his family over and over again. He claimed his son needed urgent surgery and money. In the construction of the lie, Clint Eastwood’s son was not in the United States and had no access to his accounts. Petra Maier loves children above all else and has transferred money to America. “I didn’t want anything to happen to Bua,” she says. It is easier to exploit a good heart.

The two German women don’t have any more money to allow Scott and Chris to hunt. Such missions are dangerous for Bakiner and his team: “When we tracked down the impostor in Kenya, he had four bodyguards who appeared to be tall, wide wrestlers.” Investigators left with impunity. When Bakiner meets love scammers in Dubai’s criminal mecca, he meets people who flaunt stolen property: “Lamborghini and Ferrari stand in front of the door with $ 25,000 watches on their wrists.” they usually go about their business in groups of around ten friends, some write to women via social media and dating sites, others offer money to open bank transfer accounts, sharing work also contributes to efficiency in the criminal environment.

Bakiner noted that women transfer to fraudsters much higher amounts than men to fraudsters: “Men stop after two or three transfers if the woman does not come to Germany or there are no opportunities to meet in her country.” The perpetrators from Eastern Europe and South America, who are mostly deceived by Africans, focus on men. Besides the “top scammers” who collect millions, there are many little fish. Bakiner tells of a case in Kenya where a man settles for a monthly income of between 600 and 700 euros from a love fraud. His wife knows everything and supports her husband. Doesn’t that bite one or the other moral scruples? “None of this,” says the investigator. The crooks he met pointed to only what they perceived as the immeasurable wealth of the people. They say they could overcome it.

A love crime is a full-time job

Petra Maier cannot do this. It would now seem obvious that a woman like her, wounded in her feelings and pride, would cut off contact with the man who was abusing her. However, she still talks to Scott for one reason only: “I’ll hold on to him until I get him. I’m not afraid of him. In case she meets a scammer, the German woman has big plans. She wants to say to him: “I have nothing left, and you have everything.” Perhaps Scott will cut off contact with the German himself. Since only as long as you can get something, scammers show endurance of grace. Scott and his partner Chris have been so brave lately that they demanded 430,000 euros in one fell swoop because their son was allegedly kidnapped and the blackmailers demanded money.

The scammers are busy. Bakiner reports that they worked 10 to 45 minutes each with 10-15 women a day. Being a love criminal is a full-time job. Petra Maier and her friend are in a sad company. The detective knows the case of the prosecutor who discovered a fraud.

“It is all really amazing,” says Petra Maier again. It was a big hammer for a woman when she first called Scott and then Paula Schmidt to Chris: “It was amazing, they both had the same voice.” It probably doesn’t comfort the girls that others have lost a lot more money. Bakiner knows the fate of the victim who gave the criminal 1.3 million euros. The State Criminal Office invokes a much higher amount of damages in another case. Ludwig Waldinger of the LKA realizes that many women are ashamed to report an internet scam to the police. However, she appeals to the victims: “Crime victims do not have to be ashamed. You should come to us.

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