An elderly woman wants to warn others after phone scammers tricked her into giving them her bank details.
Gwen Skelton, 78, of Coronation Close in Beverley, was duped into divulging her personal information when she received a call from a man claiming to be from the fraud squad on Friday.
It is the second time Miss Skelton has been the victim of telephone fraud and she thinks it is a danger people need to be wary of.
She said: “I just want to get it across to people not to give their details out over the phone. I daren’t answer my phone anymore.
"I’m terrified but I have to use my phone.
“I daren’t say what I think of them, it’s not repeatable I’m sorry. They’re toerags.”
The con artists told Miss Skelton that £600 had been taken out of her account and the only way to get it back was to hand over her bank details to them.
She said: “I’m an idiot aren’t I, I answered all of his questions, I gave him my card number, I gave him the security number and everything.”
“I said ‘what are you going to do now?’ And he said we’ll put it back for you. I said ‘you better, I can’t understand why my own bank hasn’t contacted me’.
“He said ‘you’ve got my number, you can ring me but don’t ring me until tomorrow because our office is closing now’. And I looked at the clock and thought click… click… It was only 2pm, very early for the office to be closing.”
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As soon as Ms Skelton came off the phone she called her bank which confirmed no money had left her account and managed to prevent the scammers accessing her savings.
“The air was blue in my house, I really well and truly went to town. I said ‘they’ve done it again to me haven’t they’. It’s only been weeks since I’d had this problem. I was so cross with myself I could’ve cried,” she said.
Miss Skelton explained she had been involved in a similar incident earlier this year and had £228 taken from her account.
She emphasised how easy it is to fall for the fake calls and wants to ensure others do not make the same mistake.
“I know I have been very stupid but they sound very genuine, they’re so bloody clever and I was very gullible. I just wish my brain had worked properly but I was tired out.
“People need to watch what they’re doing if they answer the phone to anybody that they don’t know because there are a lot of fraudsters about trying to get in to our bank accounts,” she said.
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