85-year-old robbed with “slip of paper” trick

An 85-year-old woman was robbed at home in the Berliner Straße on Wednesday this week (3rd April, 2013).  At 2.50pm she let a pair of young people into her flat who said that they wanted to leave a note for someone else in the house, but asked her to write it for them – something police call the “slip of paper” trick.  After they had left she noticed that her handbag was missing which contained her purse with cash and a copy of her ID card in it, as well as a keyring.

Beware of the “slip of paper” trick

Police in Oberursel are warning people to be aware of the so-called “slip of paper” trick (“Zetteltrick”).

In a recent incident, two women of south-east European appearance, one slim and between 20 and 25 years old, the other over 60 and well built, rang the door bell of a 75-year-old in the Lahnstraße and asked for a piece of paper to write a note on (presumably to leave a message for someone else in the block).

The 75-year-old let them into her flat and while one of the women distracted her, the other searched the flat for valuables.  A watch was stolen.

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