Erika shares her upsetting and financially crippling experience at the hands of fraudsters. Erika explains how she believes her contact details were sold on as other scammers made contact with her to invest in a wide range of commodities such as diamonds and carbon credits.
I am pleased to see from the video Erika has received support from the police and Trading Standards. Erika is also taking a stand against these fraudsters by appearing in the video as part of a Scamwise Northern Island initiative.
There are options open to victims such as Erika to understand potential routes to recovering lost monies. Reporting the fraud is a must but victims can also take action to help protect against further frauds.
Sharing her experience, Erika said: "It all started with me buying some fine wines."I felt quite proud about it, you know, me as an investor."She was then contacted by other "firms" who tried to sell her more items including diamonds and gold. The scammers then began "demanding money" for tax and storage. "Every time they asked for money, I would pay out," Erika said. When she did not have enough money left to pay their demands, the scammers persuaded her to take out a £15,000 loan. "I'm still paying that off," she said. "If, by doing this, I can just save one person from falling for these scams, I think I'll have done a good job." "If, by doing this, I can just save one person from falling for these scams, I think I'll have done a good job."