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1 article of this author has been cited in the European Press Review so far. - Bulgaria | 31/03/2015

Bulgarians up to their necks in corruption

Elderly people in Bulgaria are increasingly falling victim to telephone fraudsters who tell them of accidents or crimes involving their relatives and present themselves as officials or doctors willing to lend a helping hand in exchange for money. The news portal isn't surprised that so many seniors fall for the swindlers' lies: "Corruption and distrust are so deeply entrenched in our society that they've corroded our way of thinking - and our very souls. If an old women gives the last of her money to a fictitious doctor so that he'll help her nephew, it means she no longer trusts hospitals, medical practices, pharmacies or white coats. If an old man gives a fake investigator money at a petrol station because his son supposedly knocked over a child with his car, it means that he really believes everything can be swept under the carpet with a bribe: that that's how the state functions."

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