Sunday 23 July 2017

Scam victim 'overwhelmed with kindness'

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A man who was conned out of his savings by a ruthless fraudster has been overwhelmed by offers and donations from people deeply touched by his plight.

Tommy Abbott, 61, from Cork's north inner city, broke down and wept as he revealed how he had given €800 of his €900 savings to a man who had called to his door posing as a solicitor.

The crime has been described as "just the tip of the iceberg" as elderly, vulnerable people living alone are increasingly targeted in Ireland's fiscal and economic recession.

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