Pensioner left devastated after ‘chatty and friendly’ conman scams her out of £20,000

A pensioner has been left devastated after a cruel crook conned her out of more than £20,000 in a computer scam.

The 73-year-old has now ‘lost all trust in people’ after the heartless scam saw her bank account rinsed.

A swindler convinced the pensioner to download a programme that allowed them access to her computer before they drained her bank account of £21,000.

The victim’s daughter, who asked not to be identified, said the loss has been more than just financial, the Daily Record reports.

Issuing a warning to others, she said the callous fraud had left her mum distraught.

She said: “My mum is mortified and ashamed that she fell for it. She has lost all trust in people. She really trusts no one now.

“Her mental health has been really badly affected by what happened and her self-esteem is completely gone.”

The OAP from Erskine received a message from the crook, who asked her to download the Teamviewer programme which allowed him to access her computer to investigate what he said was potential fraud.

He then called the victim daily for more than two weeks asking her to login to the programme giving him access to her accounts, which he then set about emptying.

“She is mortified because she was taken in by this guy,” the daughter said.

“He was chatty and friendly, but the whole time he was speaking to her he was taking money from her accounts.

“That is why my mum has taken it so personally, because she was taken in by him.

“My mum is an intelligent person, she had a successful career. If you spoke to her, you wouldn’t think she was 73. She seems much younger, and she is switched on.”

The woman’s bank and police have launched a probe into the thefts, but the victim’s daughter says the crook has still not given up on getting more cash and calls relentlessly.

She said: “Even after it came out, the guy kept calling. He still calls three or four times. The police have told my mum to record the numbers.

“It’s so sad. Although it was only a few weeks, it has really aged her. She just breaks down crying because of what happened.

“She feels ashamed and gullible.”

Police Scotland is investigating the scam, which took place between April 9 and April 28.

They have called on people to be vigilant at all times when receiving unsolicited communication online.

Inspector Tracy Harkins, Renfrewshire’s deputy area commander, said: “It is truly despicable to prey on vulnerable victims in this way, and we are working hard to identify the individual responsible.”

She added: “I would like to take this opportunity to once again warn members of the public to be very wary when they receive unsolicited communication of this kind. Always check with your own bank immediately.”