Real-life: ‘Scot­tish Scam­mers Conned My Mum’

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Kris­tine Con­nelly, from Stir­ling­shire, ex­plains what hap­pened to her mum.

My mum fell vic­tim of a scam in 2013.

I saw that she had writ­ten down two un­fa­mil­iar names and that she was wait­ing on them call­ing. When I asked her about it she told me they were friends from Canada.

It re­ally played on my mind so a few days later I asked if they had called.

She said they had but was very vague as to what the call was about. Some­thing wasn’t sit­ting well with me so I took her to the bank to check ev­ery­thing was okay with her ac­counts.

The man­ager of the book told her ev­ery­thing was okay.

Luck­ily, I could see over my mum’s shoul­der to see there were some trans­ac­tions that shouldn’t have been there.

There was one bank trans­fer for £1,500 and then an­other to the same ac­count for £5,000.

I asked my mum what it was and she told me it was a loan for her friends, but ob­vi­ously I knew there was some­thing sus­pi­cious. We then con­tacted the po­lice and fraud depart­ment.

It turns out scam­mers had tar­geted my mother and told her she had won £300,000.

They claimed she needed to trans­fer the first amount as a test to see if the ac­count was le­git­i­mate and the se­cond amount was to cover the over­seas pay­ment.

I feel sick at the thought of some­one do­ing that to my mother at the age of 88.

It’s to­tally dis­gust­ing to tar­get the el­derly or any­one for that mat­ter, and some­thing needs to be done.

Kris­tine couldn’t be­lieve what hap­pened to her mother.

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