Fundraiser launched for Dublin nurse who lost all her savings to cruel scam
A fundraiser was launched for a Dublin woman who had all her savings ripped off in a cruel scam.
Zuzanna was swindled over € 6,000 of her savings after receiving a call telling her she was under investigation for money laundering.
Dun Laoghaire’s wife said she had been receiving fraudulent calls for weeks and ignored them, but he caught her at a vulnerable point.
Zuzanna, 40, was awakened by a call after a grueling night shift in the oncology unit at the hospital where she worked.
She said, “I answered the call, exhausted from working all night and disoriented at being awakened from sleep.
“It was an automatic message telling an operator that I was a suspect in a criminal investigation. I was so tired I didn’t even know it was a false allegation.”
A man introduced himself as Daniel Parker, an officer of the Financial Criminal Authority.
She added: “He asked me to write these details down for my records. He told me that my PPS number had been compromised and was associated with money laundering abroad.
“He said there was a debt of € 180,000 in my name. He threatened me that there was an arrest warrant against me and that I should not attempt to leave the country.”
Speaking on the GoFundMe page, Zuzanna said she was terrified because she was supposed to travel to Poland the following week to see her family.
She said: “I started to cry hysterically, I was petrified. I was so tired, I couldn’t think properly. He was so bossy and professional, he told me to have a drink of ‘water and calm me down. He said he believed I was a victim and that my identity had been compromised and that his colleague might be able to help me. “
She was transferred to another man named David Walker.
David told him it was “just a case of identity theft and once all of my accounts are terminated and my money transferred securely to a secure virtual wallet, the ‘real criminals’ won’t. could no longer get my money back ”.
Zuzanna was told to transfer all of her money from her Bank of Ireland account to her Revolut account.
“[…]he made me download an app called “secure virtual wallet”. I was so scared and did everything he said. He kept reassuring me if I followed his instructions, everything would be fine. I was crying uncontrollably.
“I was on the phone for over an hour with them. I was literally shaking with fear and exhaustion at the end of the conversation.”
It wasn’t until she went out for a run to clear her head that she realized she was going to be ripped off.
She said: “All my savings were gone. I went to the guards who advised me to contact Bank Of Ireland and Revolut.
“However, everyone tells me, as I authorized the transfers myself, there is no chance of my money getting back. I have lost all my savings of € 6,600.”
She added: “I am a 40 year old single nurse living in rented accommodation with a car loan and not enough money to pay me the salary at the end of the month.
“Working as a frontline nurse during the pandemic was tough enough, but being left with nothing is just as terrifying.
“I know I was stupid, but I was so exhausted from the night shift and they were so professional, I just hope my story helps others not to be scammed the same as me.”
A Garda spokesperson said: “The Gardaí are investigating an incident of fraud which occurred in the Dun Laoghaire area on the 8the September 2021. No arrests have been made, investigations are ongoing.
Zuzanna has a GoFundMe page to help her recover her lost savings and you can donate here.
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