Dementia suffer, 88, lost £10,000 to ‘miracle cure’ scammers who flooded her with calls and letters leaving her with just £30 in the bank and 400 boxes of ‘useless’ remedies
- Barbara Evitts, of Wombwell, South Yorkshire, was scammed over several years
- Scam was uncovered by son Paul, who found she had ‘parcels in every bedroom’
- She was sent hundreds of packets of tablets, including pomegranate extract
- South Yorkshire Police said it was one of the worst cases of its kind they had seen
An 88-year-old dementia suffer has been tricked by scammers into spending £10,000 on 400 boxes of vitamins and remedies.
Barbara Evitts, of Wombwell, South Yorkshire, was flooded with calls and letters from ‘miracle cure’ scammers who left her with just £30 in her bank account.
The scam was uncovered by her son Paul, who discovered she had ‘parcels in every bedroom’ – and police said it was one of the worst cases of its kind they had seen.
Barbara Evitts, 88, was flooded with calls and letters from ‘miracle cure’ scammers
The scam was uncovered by her son Paul, who discovered she had ‘parcels in every bedroom’
Mr Evitts first became suspicious in 2011 when he found a box on her table labelled ‘food’ – with biscuits and cake inside which cost £125, but were only worth £30.
But when she was moved to a care home last month, the true extent of the scam became known as Mr Evitts found she had parcels ‘piled up everywhere’.
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She had been sent hundreds of packets of tablets, including pomegranate extract, celery and turmeric extract and Omega Three – but did not need any of them.
Mr Evitts told BBC News: ‘I’m disgusted that people would do that to a vulnerable woman. Why they would want to treat somebody like that just beggars belief.’
South Yorkshire Police said it was one of the worst cases of its kind that they had ever seen
Andy Foster, South Yorkshire Police fraud prevention officer, said: ‘It’s one of the worst cases of miracle health cure frauds I’ve seen.
‘Barbra had spent her life savings on useless, worthless pills that claim to cure ailments of all sorts.’
Marilyn Baldwin, who founded the Think Jessica charity after postal scammers targeted her mother, said these types of scams are ‘very cleverly devised’.
And Dementia UK said that it provides advice for protecting a person with dementia from fraud and theft through its Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline.
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