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‘I will never speak about it openly’: A reader reveals the stigma of being scammed

Timely analysis of Action Fraud figures published this week by Which? suggests victims lost £1.7bn over 12 months – which works out at £3,234 reported lost to scams every minute

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The consequences for victims of scammers can be devastating (Photo: Witthaya Prasongsin/Getty Images)

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By Sarah Davidson
March 24, 2021 6:00 am

On Saturday, we wrote a story about three people’s experiences of being scammed. We also talked about the shame that so often accompanies being a victim of a crime, as though we somehow should have known better and outwitted determined career criminals.
I asked readers to speak up if they were one such person – only by being open about how fraudsters operate can we have any hope of tackling them. I received many very heartfelt responses, all of which our team will look into over the coming weeks.
One letter really stood out for me, and we decided to publish it in full below. Mrs T’s all too common experience illustrates just how dire the situation has become.
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Timely analysis of Action Fraud figures published this week by Which? suggests victims lost £1.7bn over 12 months – which works out at £3,234 reported lost to scams every minute.
As Which? points out, many scams will also have gone unreported over this period, meaning the true figure is likely to be much higher.
Some scams are easier to spot than others. Which? surveyed more than 200 investment scam victims and found that while one in seven were targeted by phone, that number was dwarfed by those lured in via online methods.
Four in 10 victims were targeted via email (12 per cent), search engines (10 per cent), adverts on Facebook (9 per cent) or other non-social media or search engine online adverts (8 per cent).

The consequences for victims can be devastating. Losses to clone scams, those using websites that replicate legitimate firms, average £45,000. Which? heard from victims who have lost six-figure sums.

Mrs T.
A spokesperson for First Direct said: “We are truly sorry Mrs T has been a victim of an Authorised Push Payment (APP) scam. The financial security of our customers is always our number one priority, and we aim to do everything we can to keep their money safe.

“We fully appreciate how the situation has impacted Mrs T, sadly there are unscrupulous individuals who carry out sophisticated activities without any regard for the effect their crime will have on their victims.

“After investigating this case we found we could have done more by offering a more tailored warning when Mrs T sent her payment, which is why we have reimbursed half of the amount sent.

We continue to work with Santander to try and recover any funds that may remain.”

Meanwhile a Santander spokesman said: “Where we are notified of a potential scam being carried out, as in Mrs T’s case, we will act swiftly to investigate and secure any funds that remain in the account.”

AJ Bell also provided a statement: “Clone scams like this can be very sophisticated and difficult to spot.

“We were alarmed when we were made aware that fraudsters were using our company name and immediately reported this to the regulator and warned customers via our website.

“However, they weren’t targeting existing customers so it is very difficult to prevent. We would urge anyone making an investment to call the company directly first and check they are genuine .”

Gareth Shaw, iMoney’s agony uncle and head of money at Which?, said: “The tech giants claim they are taking strong action to crack down on fraud. Yet a Which? investigation found search giants Google and Microsoft’s Bing are failing to get to grips with an explosion of fake and fraudulent adverts that lead to the scams, while the Financial Conduct Authority is unable to effectively police online fraudsters using these sites.
“Google and Microsoft rake in significant sums of money from adverts that lead to scams or that are posted by unauthorised firms. These can remain live for weeks even after the financial regulator has issued public warnings about them.
“Although legitimate investment comparison sites do exist – and may advertise on search engines – Which?’s investigation found dozens of investment comparison sites advertising on Google or Bing that were already on the FCA warning list or soon would be. This suggests there are significant flaws in the monitoring processes used by the search engines.”
The organisation is lobbying for online platforms, banks, regulators and the government, to go “much further in tackling this issue proactively”.
Mr Shaw added: “Scams must be included in the proposed Online Safety Bill so that online platforms have legal responsibility for preventing fake and fraudulent content posted by scammers from appearing on their sites, and are forced to do more to protect their users.”
You can sign up to Which?’s scam alert service here at and report any scams to
Action Fraud here or by calling 0300 123 2040.

If you have a story you want to share, email [email protected].

The letter in full:
Dear iMoney,
I write in response to your weekend article to explain why I acted as I did.
I was scammed out of £50,000 last year.
Did I report it to the police? Yes.
Did I report it to my bank? Yes.
Did I tell my family and friends? No.

However, I did eventually tell my partner weeks later when I’d done all that I could to sort it out myself. He was amazing and a huge support.
Why didn’t I tell anyone close to me? Because I was completely and utterly mortified that I’d been duped and far too ashamed to share the information. It was an awful, awful time and I just wanted to block it all out once it had finally been dealt with.
It’s only now – eight months later – that I can bring myself to write about it to anyone, namely you.
I’ve always considered myself to be thoroughly on the ball regarding my finances and fully aware of scams. I’d always checked the email address of any person or firm if I’d had the slightest thought they were not genuine and always reported any scam emails. I’d worked as a volunteer adviser at Citizens Advice for 10 years and so was very well aware of how scams occur. Or so I thought.
I was looking to reinvest money. I’d done it many, many times over the years without any problem. I looked online at various sites checking rates.
Previously I’d always gone for well-known banks or building societies. This time I looked at AJ Bell (I hadn’t used them before) and checked their website online and checked the reliability of the company with my own stockbroker. Nothing led me to believe that they were in any way unreliable and indeed they aren’t.
I was then contacted by someone on the phone purporting to be part of an investment provider – I had entered three queries into online sites. I was contacted by all three – two were genuine, the third I later discovered, was not.

The latter purported to be able to offer 5 per cent if I invested via AJ Bell. He sent me lots of paperwork to fill in and return online – all with the AJ Bell heading on it. He and another man talked me through what I needed to do.
They both spoke very well and answered my queries fully – their names and addresses were listed on the incoming paperwork.
I was told that the email applications were because of the postal delay brought about by the pandemic.
Basically because I was looking for a high return I wasn’t fully on my guard. I was too trusting, wanting a high return too much and so I didn’t think it through carefully enough, therefore making myself gullible. I eventually realised that I’d been scammed when I contacted AJ Bell directly to check something out. They told me that no-one of that name worked for them. I then challenged the person that was helping me to invest when he next called and he promptly put the phone down.
AJ Bell asked me to forward all the paperwork that I’d received and to notify my own bank, which I did. I also informed the police online as directed. The most difficult thing for me was the fact that when I phoned First Direct about the scam I was given an HSBC fraud number to ring so that I could report it. I spent OVER AN HOUR waiting before I got put through. When I had to call them again to add some more information and to find out how the case was progressing the same thing happened.
That was more stressful than anything else really, that awful hanging on and on and on made me feel totally helpless and alone. I didn’t want to tell anyone else about it and so I just had to cope with the horrendous waiting. I can’t really explain how badly the waiting affected me. For me, this is an area that needs serious attention.
Much later on I was contacted by the fraud department at HSBC telling me that someone from there would be in touch. I did indeed receive such a call and was asked to go online to have my remaining money transferred to a new account and an appointment was set up for me at a local HSBC branch.

I then found out that this call was NOT from HSBC at all, but as I’d been expecting a call from them I’d thought that it was genuine. So some more money was lost before I discovered that it was a bogus call – but a different scammer this time!
First Direct were very, very kind and helpful and could understand why I’d believed that the call from HSBC was genuine.
They’d been trying to access the fraud department on my behalf earlier on and knew that the long waits were genuine.
They had also been told by the HSBC fraud department that someone would contact me. At that point First Direct put in various safety devices for me in case I needed to contact them again.
I then had an accident and had to go into hospital. HSBC wanted to contact me but couldn’t do so. My partner explained the situation to them.
Eventually I was contacted by letter and £25,000 was returned to me by the bank as they said that they should have protected my money better. In fact I had discussed the original transfer at the time with them and just sent £35 initially, as they advised. But the fraudsters’ names and their bank details must have checked out because the rest of the money went through.
As far as I know neither of the two men were caught, so presumably their names and addresses were untraceable by the time that the checks took place.

In a way I’m pleased to have got this off my chest. I’ve read articles before saying that the victims of fraud should talk about it, but for me this is the only way that it’s going to happen.
I couldn’t consider writing about it before either. It was too raw. I will never speak openly about it.
Now I just want to forget it – I’ve learnt a very hard lesson and I’m drawing a line under it.

'I will never speak about it openly ': One reader tells us about the stigma of being scammed


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