Real-life: ‘Scottish Scammers Conned My Mum’
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.