Evil scam­mers duped Mae out of £100,000

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Opinion -

Mae had a call blocker in­stalled after she was bom­barded with calls and conned out of £100,000. The re­tired pro­fes­sional, whose hus­band died 10 years ago, is liv­ing with de­men­tia and ended up on a “suck­ers’ list”. She be­came a tar­get for crooks who claimed she had won money or was en­ti­tled to free en­ergy sav­ing prod­ucts. Her dev­as­tated daugh­ter, who lives 30 miles from her mum, said: “Turns out she had re­sponded to a large num­ber of these frauds. The scam­mers were from all over the world.” Her fam­ily only re­alised the ex­tent of the rip-off when a home carer found three men work­ing on the roof of Mae’s house.

Her daugh­ter said: “They had cold called, turned up at the house and claimed to have no­ticed a loose tile.

“They ini­tially quoted £80 but that soon rose to £7500 for emer­gency re­pairs. The po­lice and Trad­ing Stan­dards were called in.

“That was when it tran­spired mum had lost huge amounts of money.”

Trad­ing Stan­dards in­stalled a call blocker and com­mu­nity alarm and set up a Power of At­tor­ney so her daugh­ter could deal with her af­fairs. They also sub­mit­ted a claim to the Om­buds­man in a bid to re­claim the money lost.

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