A WIDOW who was conned out of £500,000 fought back tears on Good Morning Britain today as she defended being tricked TWICE by fraudsters.
Ex-police officer Anne Larkin, 55, was drowning in grief when she was preyed upon by crooks.
Anne Larkin was preyed on by lonely hearts scammers during lockdown[/caption]
Host Adil Ray said on the ITV breakfast show: “The thing that I get really alarmed by is that this happened once with a guy claiming to be a soldier. I can imagine you thinking he was quite heroic and genuine, then months later you fell for a second scam.
“How did that even happen? Having been scammed the first time around, surely you would be on your guard a little bit more, but no? They manipulated you again.”
Anne replied: “Yes I understand where you’re coming from. When you are going through grief of a love one, with a wife, husband or partner in that sense, the grief is completely different.
“It turns your world completely upside down….”
She fought back tears on Good Morning Britain[/caption]
Anne broke off as she became overwhelmed by sadness.
She continued: “It was easy in that sense for them to manipulate me that way.
“With both I never had a thought or hint in my head that I was being scammed.”
The 55-year-old was grieving for her husband when she was preyed upon[/caption]
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It was around this time that lonely Anne was also targeted by a second fraudster, who claimed to be an actor who wanted to help poverty-stricken children.
Clouded by her own grief and loneliness, it was too late when Anne realised she had sent the scammers hundreds of thousands of pounds.