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Conference will be big help in battle against scammers

Editor's Viewpoint

Anyone reading our reports today on how three elderly people were scammed out of their life savings - in one case losing more than half-a-million pounds - cannot feel anything but sadness at their plight. Some may argue that the victims were gullible, but it has to be remembered that the thieves are very sophisticated and are carrying out similar scams every day in different parts of the world.

Today a conference in Belfast will be given details of how the scammers operate and how to avoid becoming victims. That may come too late for the people who have bravely shared their stories with us, but it could help others from falling into the same traps.

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