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billion pound romance scam

fosy  Male  Leicestershire 19-Nov-2018 18:05 Message #4728853
panorama 8.30 tonight.

they are turning the tables on the fraudsters with a fake profile.
connexkev  Male  East Sussex 19-Nov-2018 20:06 Message #4728864
I will be watching this programme
eurostar  Female  Merseyside 19-Nov-2018 20:46 Message #4728866
I,m watching it but shouldn't...I,m cynical

but some people just wont learn...ffs don't give money!
eurostar  Female  Merseyside 19-Nov-2018 20:49 Message #4728867
oh my god, did you hear that old bloke!!!..drugs and alcohol kill but so does loneliness...I agree but seriously you gave her £500 and you,re still lonely cos you will never meet,ll be lonely and poor or in debt
eurostar  Female  Merseyside 19-Nov-2018 21:00 Message #4728869
so glad he found someone...ah bless...I,ll turn my cynicism
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Chris2mates  Male  Lancashire 19-Nov-2018 21:14 Message #4728871
That was beyond sad.

Lonely people being scammed and exploited is so tragic.

I so wish our housing design was better suited to meet the needs of those who are in or at least entering their later years.

I saw a housing unit about a year ago with 68 flats in. 1 and 2 bedrooms. Some with a balcony. They a meeting room with a TV on the wall, a games room, a small cafe area. They had 3 staff on call 24/7. They had a guest room you could hire for visitors. The place was wonderful. Rent and service costs were around £450 per week but that included all energy costs etc.

I know an old woman who lives in a house she has occupied since she married. She is around 86 now and to all intents a prisoner in her own home. She sits there every day just waiting for the occasional visit from one of her 2 grown up kids. In reality, she is just eeking out her days whereas if she sold her house and rented one of those plush units (around 1/2 mile from where she lives) she would have a great quality of life. I suspect she is trying to preserve her kids' inheritance but she is desperately lonely.
eurostar  Female  Merseyside 19-Nov-2018 21:17 Message #4728872
yep chris I agree, my mum moved into one of them aartments with communal area for bingo, pottery etc...and she is out most evenings and afternoons...gave her a new lease of life and now she not only has people to talk too but she has something to talk about
fosy  Male  Leicestershire 19-Nov-2018 22:28 Message #4728878
the old guy was cleaned out of £100,000 and having to pay creditors out of his pension, but still has another £500 to give to another scammer ?
my emotions varied from sad to there's no fool like an old fool.
NotHermit  Male  Derbyshire 20-Nov-2018 00:13 Message #4728884
Thanks for the heads up Fosy, I watched it.
Makes you realise why scammers exist, too many easy pickings.
An American soldier with a Nigerian accent?
Glad the old man met someone in the end, hope it is genuine.
fosy  Male  Leicestershire 20-Nov-2018 11:15 Message #4728899

i did wonder if the ending wasnt one "for the camera,s"...but thats just the cynic in me.
warmundeft  Male  Wrexham 20-Nov-2018 21:41 Message #4728941
Thanks for the heads-up fosy.
Watched it this evening on catch-up.
Poor old sausage, but who could find fault with the statement regarding loneliness being harmful?
Still, reckon all the other comments on here are fitting.
Mmmm - a happy ending on Panorama ?
Maybe we all (MSE members) have a strong sense of self-preservation - call it cynicism if you want - I'd call it healthy.

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