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Bridgwater widowers warned of telephone scam
WIDOWERS in Sedgemoor are being warned of a suspected telephone scam.
Kay Kaystone, of Hedging, North Newton, contacted the Mercury after her mother-in-law, who lives in West Street, received a phone call from a man claiming to be from TSB Bank, asking her for a copy of her deceased husband’s will.
Mrs Kaystone said: “The man was very polite and chatted to her about her arthritis.
“He said her husband had been mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance and she was entitled to claim £250. They wanted her to fax over a copy of his will and said if she couldn’t they could come and collect it.
“Luckily, she did not give them her bank details and called me first. The bank confirmed it was a scam and said they would never ask for details over the phone.”
The call was made early in the morning and the fraudsters appear to be targeting the venerable elderly.
Mrs Kaystone added: “To try and con people is bad enough but making a widower sort through all her husband’s files and memories to find a copy of his will is disgusting. He died five years ago and this brought it all back. She was very upset.”
Mrs Kaystone said she believes they wanted the will to use for identity fraud.
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