After a young woman was conned by a text scam that saw her lose ‘every penny’ she had, she took to social media to warn others.
Student and actor Emmeline Hartley went viral after sharing her experience, with others saying something similar had happened to them.
Emmeline received a text from some scammers pretending to be Royal Mail, which kicked off a chain of events that led the con artist’s to call her and pretend to be from Barclays, her bank.
She took to Twitter to warn others: “I mentioned yesterday that I’d been scammed out of every penny I had. Thought I’d post what happened in case it helps anyone avoid being in the same position.
“Please save the lectures, I don’t think it’s possible for me to feel any stupider”.
It all began when she received a text claiming to be Royal Mail saying they needed an additional £2.99 payment in order for her parcel to be delivered, and as her birthday was coming up she believed it was genuine.
To be sure it was legitimate, she even checked Royal Mail’s website, and decided it was safe to enter her bank details.
This is when things took a turn, and someone claiming to be from her back, Barclays, contacted Emmeline to say somebody had tried to set up direct debits from her account at Vodafone and Currys/PC World, as well as an attempt to spend £300 at Argos.
Emmeline added: “The next bit is going to sound stupid, but I was so embarrassed by my stupidity of falling for the Royal Mail scam, shocked and scared that somebody had been trying to use my card.”
She went on to explain that, because the man on the phone knew so many details about her, she believed it was actually her bank, and transferred all the money she had into a new ‘safe account’.
The scammer told Emmeline that because she’d used her bank details in the Royal Mail scam that her account was compromised, and that she needed to transfer her money out to protect it, while she waited for a new card.
To highlight how sophisticated the scam actually is, Emmeline checked the number she was being called from and it showed up as the same number as the Barclays fraud team.
It was only after the scammers told her to clear her overdraft that she began to realise something was off, as she didn’t actually have one on her account.
She said: “Despite knowing deep down that something wasn’t right, I tried to transfer the sum of money he told me to transfer. It didn’t work, confirming what I guess I already knew. I broke down in tears and he hung up.”
After calling the real Barclays, they explained that the scam she’d been tricked by is quite common at the moment.
She added: “After several hours [on the phone to my actual bank], they’d cancelled my cards, issued new ones and launched an investigation into my fraud claim. They said that this a very common scam known as the ‘safe account scam’.”
A spokesperson for Barclays told Cosmopolitan UK: “Following an investigation of this case, it is evident that our customer has been the unfortunate victim of a very sophisticated scam. We have provided the customer with a full refund of the amount that was lost.
“Fraudsters try to appear as legitimate as possible, so it’s important to be vigilant and stay alert to anything suspicious.
“No genuine bank would message you to transfer money to a ‘safe account’ – we advise any customers to ignore anyone who asks to do this, whether it’s by phone, email or any other method.”
Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry Seaborn quietly welcome second daughter
Fans of the singer didn’t even know he and his wife were expecting a second child
Ed Sheeran surprised fans this week by announcing that he and his wife Cherry Seaborn had welcomed their second daughter.
In a heartwarming Instagram post, the ‘Shape of You’ singer revealed that he and Cherry are ‘over the moon’ to be a family of four, adding that they are ‘so in love’ with their new daughter.
In a similar manner to the announcement of their first daughter, Ed posted a photo of a pair of baby socks, writing: “Want to let you all know we’ve had another beautiful baby girl.
“We are both so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4.”
Ed didn’t reveal what they have named their daughter, or when the little girl was born.
A spokesperson for the singer later told The Sun: “Ed and Cherry recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl and are on cloud nine.
“They’re so excited for Lyra to have a little sister and the four of them are currently enjoying some precious family time before Ed heads back on tour.
“We are delighted for them, and we hope that you can respect their privacy at this special time.”
Ed and Cherry welcomed their first daughter Lyra back in September 2020, with the couple sharing a photo of baby socks alongside the caption: “Ello! A quick message from me as I have some personal news that I wanted to share with you.
“Last week, with the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter – Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.
“We are completely in love with her. Both mum and baby are doing amazing and we are on cloud nine over here.
“We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time. Lots of love and I’ll see you when it’s time to come back, Ed.”
Woman ‘attacked by dog’ close to where toddler was mauled to death in Rochdale
The woman claims the dog was ‘hanging’ on her arms
A woman has spoken of her experience of being attacked by a dog just yards away from where a toddler was killed in Rochdale.
Three-year-old Daniel John Twigg died in hospital on Sunday May 15th following a ‘devastating’ dog attack in Milnrow, Rochdale.
Officers were called out to a property near Carr Lane at around 1:15pm, where the youngster was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.
There, he was sadly pronounced dead.
In the wake of Daniel’s death, a young woman has claimed that she too was mauled by a dog while walking on a footpath just yards from where the fatal attack happened.
The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, told the Manchester Evening News that she was bitten by a Cane Corso – the breed that was confirmed as being involved in Daniel’s death – less than 100 yards from the scene.
She said: “The dog wasn’t on a lead. It was hanging off my arms and tugging at me. It bit me on my side.”
The woman says she was left with horrific injuries to her arms and ribs, and has been left with life-long scars to her arms.
She reported the incident to the police, but was told that officers would not be visiting the farm if there were ‘dangerous dogs on the loose’.
The woman believes the attack was captured on CCTV, but claims police said there was no evidence of what she was alleging.
She said: “They said there was no proof. I don’t think they ever went up there. They just wouldn’t do anything.
“I asked them if they were going to wait until someone was dead to do something.”
As part of a complex investigation, detectives say they are reviewing ‘other incidents of note’.
In an emotional statement released by GMP, Daniel’s family said he ‘was a happy, kind and caring little boy who was loved by all who knew him’.
The statement read: “He loved Paw Patrol and playing with his brother and sister, he also loved being around animals – especially his pony, Splash. He brought us many laughs and was a comical character. He was brave, intelligent and full of many characteristics.
“Daniel loved being with his whole family and will be missed by all. On behalf of our family, we ask people to respect our privacy.”
Anyone with information is asked to share it with police via 0161 856 7386 quoting Operation Guernsey or https://mipp.police.uk/operation/06GMP22P28-PO1.
Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Iceland to give all customers aged over 60 10% off their shopping every week
The discount will be available once a week and will apply across all of Iceland’s products
Customers over the age of sixty will soon be able to claim 10% off of their shopping at Iceland as part of the supermarket’s response to the cost of living crisis.
The new deal starts next week on Tuesday May 24th, and will be available with no minimum spend in all Iceland and Food Warehouse stores across the UK.
The frozen foods retailer has launched the new scheme in a bid to help the older generation cut down on their weekly food bill as inflation soars.
It will be the first and only supermarket in the UK to offer this type of discount.
The 10% discount will be available to those over sixty every Tuesday, and will apply across all products.
The discounts will be available in-store only, with shoppers needing to show proof of age at the checkout – this could be through a driving license, senior bus pass, senior rail card or Freedom Pass.
Iceland is also exploring a national rollout of their £30 voucher scheme, which saw those on state pension receive the vouchers over the Christmas period.
Richard Walker, Managing Director at Iceland, said on the new scheme: “We have a long history of supporting our over 60s customers, such as when we launched ‘Elderly Hour’ at the height of the pandemic.
“The cost of living crisis has made support for these customers even more important, which is why I’m proud that we’re finding new ways to support them, including the launch of this discount.
“We hope it will help all those in this age category to cut costs where they can.”
Additionally, Iceland provides a free same-day delivery service for shoppers who spend £20 in-store, where customers can pick up all their fresh and frozen favourites at their preferred delivery time.
Iceland will also keep their shopping chilled or frozen until it’s time to deliver it later that day.