Woman, 75, devastated after sending £23,000 to scammer – ‘My hopes and dreams gone’ | Personal Finance | Finance
Ms Edwards was contacted on Facebook by someone posing as a military officer who needed money due to complications getting home. After she realised this was a scam, she claims she was targeted again by recovery scammers who claimed to know the fraudster who took her £23,000 out of pocket.
On an episode of For Love or Money on BBC, Ms Edwards shared her devastating story of how she was scammed out of thousands.
Ms Edwards runs her own flight school and was contacted in 2015 through the schools’ Facebook account by a man claiming to be US military officer Bruce Graham Wallace.
Mr Wallace, who claimed he was from Kentucky, and Ms Edwards quickly acquainted themselves over the social media platform.
Ms Edwards had recently lost her mum and a relationship, saying: “I need something in my life now, to make it more exciting. That’s how I got talking to him.”
Mr Wallace said that although he was a colonel in Afghanistan, he was thinking of buying himself out of the army early, but had a slight issue with his plan.
Ms Edwards claims: “He said ‘I’ve got a problem with my card in America’, could I fund him £1,000 to buy himself out.”
The money she paid was supposed to be enough to cover Mr Wallace’s credit card debt, fly back to the states and buy some civilian clothes.
The plan was that he would go back to America, activate his bank card and fly to the UK to meet…