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Bury St Edmunds community praised after fund-raiser launched to support grandmother conned out of £55,000 by scammers

The granddaughter of an 83-year-old woman conned out of £55,000 by telephone scammers has praised the community after a fund-raiser was launched to support her nan.

Following an appeal by police constable Daniel Witter, Julie MacLeod, of RWSfm 103.3, set up a crowdfunder for the pensioner targeted by scammers who pretended to be from the fraud squad.

She lost £55,000 from her life-savings – money to be used to pay for her husband’s care home bills.

A pensioner was targeted by phone scammers. Picture:iStock (31970111)
A pensioner was targeted by phone scammers. Picture:iStock (31970111)

Police initially believed about £70,000 was lost as reported in last week’s Bury Free Press.

The woman, who lives near Bury St Edmunds but wishes to remain anonymous, transferred the majority of the cash but withdrew some which was collected by a female courier.

Her granddaughter praised the community for supporting her nan.

“It’s amazing that people want to help in that way,” she said.

“We’re not a family that would typically ask for help. We will all help as much as we can financially but we’re not going to be able to cover the cost of that £55,000 that has been lost.

“I would encourage people to give what they can. It’s something that’s going to go towards my grandad’s care and help my nan to continue to live the life she lives.”

A bank alerted the police to the incident last Tuesday.

The granddaughter said her nan had been ‘living in fear’ after being targeted.

“She has felt really worried, scared and embarrassed that this has managed to happen,” she said.

“She is a victim – she’s not to blame at all.

“Myself and my dad especially are in very close contact with her. We cannot believe this has managed to happen even though we have that close contact.”

She warned others to be vigilant to such scams.

“I would reiterate that banks will never ask you to move your money from one account into another account. If there are any concerns, call the police, call a family member before you give out any information and go into the bank and ask the bank.”

To donate, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds-pensioner-fraud-vicitm

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