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Cyber-thieves loot bank account of pensioner battling terminal cancer

Cancer sufferer Anthony Adams who had his bank account cleaned out by cyber thieves on Boxing Day.

Cancer sufferer Anthony Adams who had his bank account cleaned out by cyber thieves on Boxing Day.

A pensioner who is battling terminal cancer has spoken of his devastation after cyber-thieves looted his bank account during the Christmas season.

Anthony Adams, aged 75, from Hunsbury Hill, in Northampton, revealed the thieves cleaned out his bank account, stealing £2,300 on Boxing Day and December 27.

The pensioner, who told how he only discovered the theft when he logged on to his online banking account to check his pension had gone in, said the theft had left him stunned and distraught.

He said he never shopped online and rarely used ATM machines, so was at a loss to explain how thieves were able to access his details.

Mr Adams said: “It turned out it [the account] was blocked so I phoned the bank and they told me someone had taken out £1,700 on Boxing Day and £600 the following day. It’s left me with nothing.”

Mr Adams has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the throat and requires frequent treatment.

He said fraud squad detectives have told him his money was transferred to an account registered in Chelmsford, Essex. He added: “I live on a pension and a disability payment and I am constantly at hospital having treatment for my cancer.

“I am very careful about where and how I use my card.

“It is devastating, I don’t know how these people do it.”

 
 
 

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