A pensioner has had his life savings returned to him after a quick-witted cabbie noticed that he was being scammed.
Barry Stone, a 78-year-old from Marlow, Buckinghamshire, had been contacted by scammers claiming to be from Scotland Yard, who convinced him to take £12,000 ($15,677) from the bank and send it via taxi to an address in London.
“We got a phone call from somebody in London by the name of Gary to pick someone up in Marlow,” said the taxi driver, Izy Rashid.
He continued: “We thought it was a bit suspicious because when we got there he just gave us a box. My colleague brought it back to the office but then I took it back to the gentleman. At first he said, ‘No, it’s aftershave for my son,’ because that’s what the scammers had told him to say. We later realised they had rung him, claiming to be from …