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Single Mother Loses Huge Amount of Money in Email Scam

Bbc.com reported on 12th October, 2015, stating that a single mother, known as Amanda Jackson from County Down (Northern Ireland), has been left distressed after losing around 77,000 POUND in an intricate Internet scam which targets solicitors firms.

Jackson, speaking on the Ulster's Nolan Show of BBC Radio, said that she was using the money to buy a new house after selling her marital home.

An email was received by Jackson from her solicitor where it has been mentioned that to complete the sale, she have to send the money to the following account detailing the number, name, and sort code.

However, later on she received another email, which looked to be from her lawyer saying that the details provided in the first email were not correct, and thus now providing the 'correct' information.

Amanda was so afraid that she went to her bank personally to ensure that there were no issues with transaction.

However, days after the money was lodged, lawyer firm of Amanda informed her that the money was still not received.

It was at that time that Amanda realized that she had been tricked.

She said: "I simply thought that because it asks for the account name, it would be married up with the account number and the sort code. The bank clerk figured out that I could have done net-banking, but I said that I wouldn't do a transfer like it online because it is too big an amount to be incorrect".

Danske Bank, Local bank of Amanda, was contacted by the Nolan Show. They mentioned in a statement published in BBC.com on 12th October, 2015, that: "our strategy is to do everything in our capacity to help recover customers' money when it lands up in the wrong hands because of fraudster's actions. However, if consumers reply to an email from scammers and legalize a transaction to send money, there is no means within the industry to retrieve the money".

Amanda sent her money in a Barclays bank account. BBC is told by the Bank that it follows all regulations like verification and identification of those at the time of opening the account so as to avoid fraud.

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