21 November 2017

Fraud Awareness Films – 3. Walter’s story

Nationwide research* carried out earlier this year has identified that people experiencing loneliness and isolation are four times more likely to fall victim of a scam.

As the fraudsters become more and more sophisticated, it pays to understand the type of situation that could lead to financial loss. By making yourself aware of how criminals operate and what to look out for, you can protect against the risk of fraud.

The video below is the third in a series of films that tells the story of the most common types of scams.

My wife, Jackie, was only 57 when she died. We’d been together since school.

I just felt empty, useless, without her. She’d always said towards the end that she wanted me to meet someone else and start again. But how do you meet new people at my age? Apparently, it all happens online now, so I joined this dating website.

And that’s when I met Ana. She lived alone in Bolton, but her family lived abroad. We used to chat a lot, online, via this dating website. All very above board.

Then one day she wrote that she really liked me, but she wanted to hear my voice and have a real conversation with me. So, I gave her my number, she phoned me and we talked and laughed and I really thought she was the one. She said we were like a couple of lovebirds.

Then one day she called me in a panic saying her mother was very ill and that in her country you had to pay upfront for healthcare and then get it reimbursed and could I help?

Well, I wanted to help so I gave her the money. Then it was more serious and there was a lifesaving operation and she needed more money. Then there was medication and a wheelchair. It was all adding up.

Then my savings ran out.

And I never heard from her again.

If you’d like to find out how to protect yourself, or someone close to you, from frauds and scams, download the Little Book of Big Scams for free or visit our Fraud awareness pages at nationwide.co.uk

To find out more about all the different ways fraudsters could target you, download The Little Book of Big Scams.

It also pays to Take Five to Stop Fraud. This campaign encourages us all to stop, think and take five minutes, before divulging any personal information, whether it's on the phone, online or face to face.

Our Fraud Awareness Film series

Phishing fraud video

Vishing is a common type of scam and occurs over the phone. Watch Alison’s story so you can spot the signs.

Alison's story - watch the video
Investment fraud video

Investment scams seem real but are designed to get victims to part with their cash. Watch Izzy’s story, to find out more.

Izzy's story - watch the video
Lottery fraud video

Lottery scams offer big cash prizes, which could affect your judgement. Watch Clive’s story, so you can spot the signs.

Clive's story - watch the video
Email fraud video

Criminals can hack the email accounts of reputable traders and ask you for money. Watch Clare’s story, to find out more.

Clare's story - watch the video

*The poll of 2,000 UK adults was carried out by Opinium, between 27-31 January 2017.

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