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Jim, 87, from Doncaster, is a full time carer for his wife, who has advanced dementia, and is himself in recovery from prostate cancer. The devoted husband does all of the chores across the house and can be blissful to lend a listening ear when he gets a phone call.

Unfortunately, heartless fraudsters have over and over taken advantage of his good-hearted nature to con him out of hundreds of kilos.

He appeared on BBC One’s Dirty Rotten Scammers, to share his latest story of being a victim, where he lost £5,000 after fraudsters took control of his computer.

The pensioner, from Doncaster, got here across an advert for a Bitcoin investment scheme.

He was not getting any interest on his savings together with his bank, so he decided to take a position £500 with the scheme.

Once he had signed up, he had a call from a salesman, asking for access to his computer to establish the investment.

Jim said: “They got me to open my laptop, get it on twin screen, he said I’ll do every part for you.

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“He said, at any stage if you should, you’ll be able to withdraw your money, each time you want.”

After Jim had finished chatting with them they usually had processed the payment, he came upon that they’d in reality taken £5,000.

Jim contacted his bank, but it surely was too late to recuperate the funds.

He tried to retrieve the cash by calling the corporate, but they said that his account didn’t exist.

He said: “I worry in regards to the hundreds of old people like myself that don’t know anything about scams.

“These items play in your mind, they make you are worried, what’s next.


“Are they going to get any extra money out of the account?”

Hoax callers and fraudsters have targeted the elderly husband over and over, defrauding him out of a complete of £6,000.

In a single recent case, a person phoned up and said that there was a warrant out for his arrest in South Africa, in a bid to get him handy over money.

Jim’s family have grow to be greatly concerned for his online safety after the string of incidents.

Grandson CJ said that he believes he has been scammed some eight times.

He said: “It’s a helpless situation, he just will all the time answer the phone.

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“He’ll all the time entertain whoever it’s that’s trying to take advantage of him.

“My nan has advanced dementia in the meanwhile. He’s caring for her around the clock.

“I don’t know if it gives him a break, to talk to someone on the phone but it surely’s happened so over and over now.”

The BBC show’s team of ‘ethical hackers’ did some research to search out out what personal details about Jim are exposed online.

The family were disturbed to learn that his address and yr of birth are publicly accessible.

The landline and mobile numbers which he has been targeted on were also available.

Lots of data about his son, Chris, was also exposed, including his date of birth and phone numbers.

Chris was shocked to grasp that his data had been breached several times, dating back to 2016, including email addresses and passwords.

Chris said: “I feel somewhat bit disturbed that every one that details about me is on the market.

“I just never gave it a second thought.”

To update Jim’s security, the family have organised a recent number for his phone.

He also decided to now not order anything online by himself, with all web purchases to undergo Chris.

Dirty Rotten Scammers airs on BBC One, on weekdays at 10am.

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