Alexieva, 82, cries as she knits in her apartment in the town of Kyustendil.
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Phone scammers terrorize Bulgaria's elderlyFrom impersonating police to threatening to hurt loved ones, brazen Bulgarian gangs terrorize the elderly and rob them of their life savings with increasingly aggressive phone scams netting millions of euros. "They did not only take my money but also my health ... I keep shaking all day long," Gergina Alexieva, a retired teacher in the western town of Kyustendil, told AFP.The 82-year-old recently fell victim to one of the most popular schemes, which involves tricking people into believing they are assisting police with catching a major gang of scammers.In a phone conversation, a man posing as a cop warned Alexieva that she was about to be contacted by criminal individuals who would try to blackmail her into handing over her money.Around 900,000 people in the 7.4-million-strong nation have been the target of similar phone fraud, particularly those aged over 60, according to a new survey by Bulgaria's Trend Institute.Seven Bulgarian nationals were recently transferred to Greece to be prosecuted on suspicion of trying to scam 34 retired Greeks.
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