80-year-old warns residents of scams after losing $26K

Despite losing $26,000 to a scam just prior to Christmas, 80-year-old Magi Fowler is all smiles and seeking to raise awareness of scamming in the community so others donʼt have to face the same thing.

An 80-year-old Maryborough resident has fallen victim to a pre-Christmas scam, losing a total of $26,000.

Magi Fowler, who moved to Maryborough last year, said she won’t take it “lying down” and doesn’t want anyone else to go through what she did.

“After it all happened I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got to do something to stop other people suffering the same thing’. It was just awful,” she said.

“We moved here in July and my husband passed away not long after.

“The money was for some renovations the house needed. They almost cleaned out the account.”

Ms Fowler said she was lucky to have realised what was happening before she lost more money.

“I banged my head against the wall when I realised what had happened,” she said.

“I wanted to crawl under the table and hide for a while, but then I just got angry.

“I’m lucky they didn’t take anything from my other account because that’s where my pension goes. I live off that.”

Ms Fowler is the victim of a remote access scam, where scammers claim to need access to your computer to fix it or your internet.

Ms Fowler said she received a suspicious phone call and hung up the phone, but the scammers persisted.

“They said they were from Telstra and my internet had been running slow, they told me they needed to access my computer to fix it,” she said.

“I hung up the phone straight away, but they called back the next day and said they were very serious, they thought I was being scammed.”

Ms Fowler was told she was going to be employed to help uncover the scammers who were attempting to access her computer.

“They told me I was getting paid to help uncover scammers trying to access my computer. They showed me the money going into my account,” she said.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Friday, January 11

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