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'He lost everything': how a phone call led to £110,000 loss and homelessness


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https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/dec/05/phone-call-fraud-victim-refund

Harper is a 68-year-old widower with physical and mental health problems that made him especially vulnerable. The death of his wife two years ago left him isolated and depressed, and, with no children, his only social contact was his sister, Laura*, who lives in another part of the country. The fraud looked to have lost him everything, until Guardian Money got involved.

 

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That poor man. What utter scumbags

It reminded me of remote access scams originating from India. There's a white hat hacker on YouTube called Jim Browning who's made a name for himself shutting their scams down. It's definitely worth reading up on how they operate if you have any vulnerable relatives, especially those that live on their own. 
 

 

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That poor man. What utter scumbags

It reminded me of remote access scams originating from India. There's a white hat hacker on YouTube called Jim Browning who's made a name for himself shutting their scams down. It's definitely worth reading up on how they operate if you have any vulnerable relatives, especially those that live on their own. 
 

 

Simply the worst

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I tend to enjoy the one or two chats I have from with my 'bank' or 'amazon' or 'bt'.

The calls are constant - I really need to sort out phone blocking. About 4/6 times a day.

I tell my mum to put the phone down when she hears an Indian accent.

God knows how any company thinks it makes sense to outsource anything to India. The risk of fraud / dat access is just too great.

 

 

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