When an old friend contacted David through a dating website asking to borrow money to return to the UK, he was happy to help. As he transferred another cash instalment to her from his local bank, the branch staff alerted him to a possible scam. Unknowingly, David had been a victim in an elaborate £7 million con, which left him feeling ‘stupid and vulnerable’.
David suffered emotionally and financially as a result, losing £15,000 in total, and turned to Victim Support for help.
We were there for David, offering emotional support at his own pace and providing advice on what to do with the photos and emails he was still receiving from the scammers. We also signposted him on to other forms of specialist support, such as his doctor and Action Fraud, who could assist with his specific needs.
The best thing about Victim Support is the friendliness. They have been so understanding, without making me feel guilty or stupid. They’ve been there whenever I needed them and made me feel so at ease.
David wanted to regain a sense of control in his life. He asked his local Victim Support office if he could stage a fundraising dancing evening for them, which we helped him with.
Putting on the dancing event was an important step in my road to recovery. It helped me re-gain my confidence and feel like I was in control of my life again. I won’t get my money back and it has put me in a difficult financial situation, but if it hadn’t been for Victim Support, I don’t think I would have been here.
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