Evil scammers duped Mae out of £100,000
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.