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Large increase in online scams

More people are using the internet for purchases Credit: PA

There has been a large increase in online scams in Oxford. The local Citizens Advice Bureau says it is because of the increase in the number of people using the internet for purchases.

Scams in the city went up by 73% in the past four years. Thames Valley Police recorded 546 offences related to cyber crimes in 2016.

The CAB is showing people how to identify scams.

Woman jailed for fraud offences across Berkshire

A woman has been jailed for more than five years for fraud offences across Berkshire.

Tanya Rowe used forged references and payslips to secure a tenancy on a property. She then bought furniture from a shop in Maidenhead and paid for the items with cheques which bounced.

Tanya Rowe used forged references and payslips to secure a tenancy on a property Credit: Thames Valley Police

“Tanya Rowe appeared to live a very extravagant lifestyle, it was a lifestyle that she couldn’t sustain. he claimed that she was a designer for Heston Blumenthal, which wasn’t true and, more unforgivably, she also told people that she was dying of cancer, which also wasn’t true. She is a devious woman who has affected so many people’s lives.”

– Thames Valley Police officer Det Con Abi Enright, of Windsor Police station

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Trusted friend stole £57,000 of savings

The son of a Kent pensioner with dementia whose savings were stolen by three friends is calling for greater protection for elderly people's finances.

Margaret Rigby from Betteshanger was given power of attorney over Barbara Lewis' bank account when she developed dementia - but was later convicted of fraud after stealing £57,000 from her account.

Today Mrs Lewis' son, Nick, met with ministers to press for new rules to regulate powers of attorney. Tony Green reports.

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Shamed: the family who stole a friend's life savings and splashed out on holidays and cars

A family from Kent who stole an elderly friend's life savings have been ordered to pay back twenty five thousand pounds.

Pensioner Margaret Rigby, her daughter and son-in-law from Betteshangar, were found guilty of stealing more than £100 000 from Barbara Lewis.

They then spent it on holidays, cars and meals out.

Barbara's son told our reporter Tom Savvides, that they valued pounds and pence more than friendship

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