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#294348 by TerranceBoyce Tue May 10, 2016 11:00 am
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10 MAY 2016

Heartless scammers tricked mum into giving them money for 20 years

Isobel, 60, from Sandbach, tells how her mum Evelyn lost an estimated £80,000 to £100,000 to calls and letters from those she thought of as friends.

Mum sold all her jewellery and valuable items to a dealer who came out to the house. Even the dealer became concerned after overhearing many calls about winning the lottery and rang the police – but she still picked out more of Mum’s things to sell.

As a nurse, I’d looked after elderly people but it’s different when it’s your mum. She’d say, ‘I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t go out. You don’t understand. These people are helping me.’

It filled a hole in her life and the scammers encouraged her to keep matters secret, especially from the family.

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