Shirley pensioner lost life savings in cruel scam
AN ELDERLY woman has told how scammers tricked her into giving up her life savings – and is warning others not to fall for the same scam.
The tearful 82-year-old, who has been left so traumatised by the ordeal that she is too scared to be named, has told how she lost £9,000 of her savings after she was tricked into thinking her account had been hacked by cruel swindlers.
The pensioner, who lives in Shirley Village, answered the phone last Wednesday only to be told it was her bank, Lloyds TSB, on the phone concerned about recent transactions.
She said: "They told me they were concerned because someone had spent £50 in Argos in Camberwell, and I knew it could not be me.
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"I don't use the card a lot and it stays in my purse. My husband is 85, and we are always together. I knew it wouldn't be him, we have no other family.
"I told them it wasn't us and they said they would have to investigate.
"I was very scared because you hear about this sort of thing all the time. I gave them permission to investigate as they said there was a chance they could get my money back.
"I really believed it was the bank."
The fraudsters hung up, stating they would be in touch and were "looking into the account problems", then phoned the next day (Thursday) and told her they would need to take the card away.
She said: "They said they would send a courier to come and get the card within 15 minutes, they said to investigate properly they needed my pin but told me not to say it out loud.
"They said I had to type it in the phone which I did because I thought it was safe as I was not saying it out loud. I feel really silly now."
A courier came and collected the card but it was only on the Saturday that it became clear all was not well.
"I got a letter from Lloyds TSB, saying they were concerned because I was £240 overdrawn on my account which had previously had £9,000 in it just the day before," she explained.
"They had taken everything and spent it on expensive restaurants, the cinema, shopping in Harrods, everything. But because it was a Saturday I couldn't do anything. The bank was shut.
"I felt sick and I didn't eat or sleep all weekend. On Monday I went in the bank and they were very friendly. I spent two hours there and now I have my money back but it was such a clever scam. I just don't want anyone else to be a victim."