Scam alert. A deaf pensioner is warning members of the deaf community to be wary after she was targeted by a scammer that conned her out of thousands of pounds.
Pat Collins is urging others to careful online after she lost £2,000 when a Facebook friend, who had had her identity stolen, contacted her to tell her she had won an award for her services to those who have lost their hearing.
The pensioner from Neath was told she had been awarded £75,000 by the UK Council on Deafness for her work. While she was initially suspicious, after contacting her friend via text to confirm it was her, she became convinced she had received an award.
She was then directed to contact Edward Milliken via Facebook, who asked her for all her information so that he could send her a certificate confirming her award, and convinced her that she had to send some money before she could receive it. She was directed to Smiths in Neath, where she sent £975, and the next day to Tesco in Pontardawe where she sent a further £1,500 to the scammers.
It was only a day later when her award failed to arrive that she realised she had been conned.