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‘Fake police’ steal €200,000 of jewellery from Paris retirees

Brazen thieves duped an elderly Paris couple into letting them into their apartment, where they then made an easy heist.

'Fake police' steal €200,000 of jewellery from Paris retirees
File pic. Photo: Naomi King/Flickr

The crime took place on Wednesday afternoon, when the couple were approached in the car park of their building, in the wealthy 16th arrondissement of Paris.

France Info reported that the criminals had managed to get hold of realistic police uniforms, and tricked the retired couple by telling them their apartment had been broken into. What the pensioners didn't realize was that the real burglary was about to take place.

In their panicked state of mind, the couple opened their apartment to let the ‘police’ assess the robbery, telling them where their jewellery and other valuables were kept.

By the time the pair had realized what was happening and had called the real police, the four burglars had fled.

It seems that thieves in France are getting increasingly inventive with their scams; last May, a luxury jewellers' in Cannes was robbed by a man wearing an old-man mask, and in February of the same year a stolen Picasso artwork was found after being sent to the US disguised as a €30 Christmas present.

On Tuesday, a British man was arrested in Mallorca for impersonating a police officer sent to investigate a “top secret case”.

Paris police are dealing with the enquiry.


 

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Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Frenchman Sebastien Raoult pleaded not guilty to cybercrimes Friday in Seattle federal court, two days after he was extradited from Morocco.

Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Federal Judge Michelle Peterson told the 21-year-old Raoult that he was charged with nine counts, including conspiracy, computer intrusion, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Raoult listened through an interpreter.

After Raoult’s plea of not guilty, the judge ordered him to be detained as a flight risk until a hearing April 3.

Moroccan authorities arrested Raoult at Rabat airport May 31 at the request of the US Department of Justice. Along with Raoult, two other French nationals were also arrested, Gabriel Bildstein, 23, and Abdel-Hakim El-Ahmadi, 22.

According to Raoult’s indictment, he and the other two men are alleged to have formed a hacking team, dubbed “ShinyHunters,” to steal confidential data from 60 companies to sell on the dark web where criminals routinely operate.

Some of the companies are located in the Seattle area.

According to experts, beginning in 2020, the hackers stole customer data from the Indonesian e-commerce site Tokopedia, the US clothing brand Bonobos, the US telecom AT&T and many other companies, putting the personal data for sale on the dark web.

The criminal charges carry a possible jail term of up to 27 years in prison.

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