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Cash back for elderly victim of internet fraudsters

By Joanne Sweeney

A pensioner cruelly duped out of nearly £1,000 in an internet banking scam has claimed victory over the faceless thieves who stole his money.

Michael McCartan from Belfast had all the money taken from his and his wife's Christmas pension payments in a cyber con.

Danske Bank, formerly Northern Bank - where Mr McCartan has banked for more than 46 years - initially told him that it would not refund the stolen £970 as he had failed to protect himself sufficiently from online fraudsters.

But after the bank managed to recover most of the money stolen from the 72-year-old in what it called a "complex case of fraud", Dankse made up the balance.

The money was taken from Mr McCartan's account in several transactions after he was stung in a phishing scam around December 16 last year.

Phishing is where fraudsters pretend to be a reputable company to access confidential details such as bank account numbers.

The scammers used his bank details to buy concert and flight tickets and to move money within Western Union in the US.

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