The lies and lottery of four sisters

Winning the lottery often means not having anything to worry about in life, but for Henriette (Uta Patzina) in the new play “Schwestern” (Sisters) from the Neue Bühne Oberursel the sudden windfall is a problem.  See had promised her sister Mathilde (Anna Altheim) not to play the lottery any more, and all of a sudden she is left with having to explain where all of the money came from, without Sister Notburga (Gerlinda Haas-Schmidt) from the local convent finding out an wanting a donation.  And she doesn’t want the sisters’ domestic employee Frau Bastelhuber (Margit Altheim) finding out about it either.

Luckily Henriette can count of the support of her other sisters Irene (Barbara Semeras) and Charlotte (Gabriele Schweickhardt), the latter being a solicitor who comes up with a plan to explain the money as being an inheritance from long-forgotten relatives – a useful solution considering that Henriette’s daughter Christine (Kerstin Grunwald) already has plans for part of the money and Henritte’s and Mathilde’s house needs urgent repairs done to it.

The only flaw in the plan is not knowing if Mathilde’s uncles Willibald and Paul (Beppo Bachfischer and Rainer Böhrig) are really dead. [Read more…]

Police warn of false winnngs

Police in Hochtaunustreis are warning people about bogus phone calls, claiming to be from one of the lottery companies and telling people that they have won something.

In order to receive their winnings, they are told they have to pay an “administration fee” (“Verwaltungsgebühr”) using a Pay-Safe-Card.  These cards can usually be purchased at petrol stations and some kiosks.

A second phone call follows up to “make sure that data is correct”, at which point the Pay-Safe-Code on the card is asked for.  Once the caller has this code they can use the card credit for their own means.

According to police, in such circumstances there is almost certainly nothing to be won.

Police warn against lottery telephone calls

The local fraud squad are warning people not to give out their bank details over the phone, especially to cold callers.

In resent cases people have received phone calls from companies offering the chance to play one of the lottery systems for two months, but only pay for one, with a promise of reimbursement if they do not win anything.

Later, however, there is talk of a “charge” for playing, at which point the caller often asks for bank details.

 

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