The woman claims that a “nightmare” began when she met a man online, her life savings are gone and the risk of bankruptcy is imminent.
By the date online, the woman was in dire straits from saving £ 133,000 ($ 250,000) in life. He forged his kidnapping and claimed that he needed a ransom.
Rachel Elwell, 50, became a victim of elaborate online scams when she started talking to a man who believed she lived just 25 miles from her home in western England in January. rice field.
She was then scammed to believe the man had been kidnapped abroad, and within three months he persuaded her to send more than £ 100,000 ($ 189,000) to save his life. did.
Rachel’s nightmare began on January 1st when she started talking to a man named Barrio.
She met him through an online date and told Rachel that he was a widow after his wife died of breast cancer seven years ago when her daughter was ten years old.
Rachel said: Both had dogs and loved walking, dancing and traveling.
“We felt our conversation was honest and open, and we planned to meet when the strict restrictions were relaxed.”
Vario told Rachel that he was a contractor and secured the project in Ukraine.
The pair exchanged photos, stories and phones.
However, Vario subsequently claimed that changes in law by joint and foreign contractors forced him to suspend work and seize his equipment and materials by the local tax office.
He told Rachel that he needed to pay taxes early or lose the project.
He later told Rachel that he had borrowed additional money from Russia’s loan sharks and was kidnapped until he could repay it at 50% interest. Otherwise he will be killed.
When Rachel spoke to her daughter and housekeeper, it was an elaborate scam involving multiple people.
Rachel even told her sister and mother what was happening, and no one thought it was a lie.
Rachel traveled to Coventry’s home and realized it was all a sophisticated lie only when she didn’t return to Heathrow Airport as planned.
Rachel really believed that her life was in her hands.
She states: “Creditors say this is one of the worst cases of online scams we’ve ever seen.
“Romance scams are serious organized crime and sophisticated and highly clever criminals.”
After being found to be the victim of an online scam on April 1, Rachel realized she had lost her savings and was in debt of tens of thousands of pounds.
Rachel borrowed tens of thousands of pounds with a credit card and a loan and sent them to fraudsters through a bank.
Rachel states that he sent £ 36,425 ($ 68,780) through Banco Santander between January 22nd and February 19th.
She also claims to have sent £ 62,350 ($ 117,720) through HSBC, for a total of £ 98,775 ($ 186,493).
Her total loss totaled £ 112,575 ($ 213,000), and her sister claimed to have sent £ 13,800 ($ 26,000) from another bank, which is still under investigation.
Rachel claims that her case was the subject of a three-month investigation and wanted to be subject to a code of conduct that assists victims of fraud.
But she remained sad after two banks, Santander and HSBC, concluded that Rachel was not eligible for a refund of the lost money.
“The bank has determined that I am responsible and I have suicidal ideation.
“I don’t think a fair investigation was done and I feel like I was robbed twice.
“The way I was treated is shocking.”
Rachel added: “Both Santander and HSBC say the investigation has been completed and they have sent us the final results.
“I think my bank has failed me in CRM-conditional redemption mode.
“They rejected the very code that helped them set it up, it was set up to help those who were victims.”
Rachel now hopes that a fair review by the Financial Ombudsman and the Financial Conduct Authority will help her proceeding, but she is short of time.
She states: “Police say I’m a victim of a crime, but banks refuse to treat me like a crime.
“The code created and registered by these banks states that they need to help victims of crime, but where is the help? I’m still in bankruptcy and I don’t have the money I am being chased every day for this.
“I have reported to the bank about the financial misconduct of the bank’s failure against the victims of the crime.”
Rachel claimed she was currently busy with credit cards and loans, adding:
“I have suicidal ideation and the review can take up to 4 months, but now I have a very demanding creditor. I’m asking for a breathing space.
“I’m going to fight this. I’m a victim of crime and the banking industry is ignoring their own code of conduct, so I’m ready to undertake it.”
Rachel admitted she was fooled and emphasized that she didn’t expect any special treatment.
“I know this is my mistake, but under their code I qualify for help and I just want to be treated fairly. That’s what I’m taking this further The reason is.”
A spokesperson for Santander said: “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Ms. Elwell and all the victims of the criminals who committed these scams.
“Unfortunately, she repeatedly warned about the dangers of sending money to someone she had never met, and confirmed that she wanted to continue paying, despite directly raising concerns that this was a fraud with Mr. Elwell and the police. did.”
HSBC is also asked for comment.
This article was originally published Sun Reproduced with permission
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