I never really thought of myself as being particularly lonely. I meet up with Mary at the bingo every Wednesday.
The kids phone me, now and again.
It hasn’t been the same since my husband passed, but I get by.
One day, I get this phone call out of the blue. He sounded very nice on the phone, asking me how I was; he had a very posh voice, I remember.
He tells me he’s from my bank and that he’s worried that my accounts are at risk from fraudsters who actually work in the bank.
I had to answer some questions so he could, you know, make sure it was me and then he gives me the details of what he called a ‘safe account’ where I could move my money, you know, to protect it from these fraudsters.
What he didn’t tell me was that he was the fraudster.
I lost everything.
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