A confused 80-year-old with advanced Parkinson’s disease lost £240,000 to fraudsters despite warning his bank and police that he feared he was being scammed.
Tony Dunwoodie from Darlington in Co Durham, who is cared for by his wife, Patricia, 84, had transferred about £122,000 to scammers’ accounts in Estonia and Cyprus between November 2019 and March 2020. He made more than 20 transactions before he reported his concerns to Barclays and Action Fraud, the scam reporting service.
His family want to know why the bank allowed a further £117,000 to be sent in another ten transactions during the next three months. At the time Barclays said it had detected nothing unusual, and so refused to offer a refund despite the bank being a signatory to