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Deaf man in blind stupidity

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A deaf man handed over £26,000 life savings after fraudsters targeted him on Facebook and convinced him he’d won the ”deaf lottery”

Devastated Kenneth Newman, 50, empted his bank accounts, took out six loans and even re-mortgaged his home after conmen told him he’d scooped £600,000.

Kenneth was born deaf and uses Facebook to keep in touch with his friends without the need for an interpreter.

But thieves identified him as a vulnerable target and used the social networking site to contact him and tell him he’d won £600,000 in a special deaf lottery.

He was then told to pay “government fees” before he could collect his winnings and first handed over a cheque for £300.

But the gang convinced him he needed to give more money to claim the prize and he took out six bank loans and remortgaged his home.

The crooks even hacked into his Facebook site so it looked like he was telling his deaf friends he had won a lottery – and encouraging them to join.

Kenneth, a hospital technician of Plymouth, Devon, is now being forced to sell his flat to pay back the £26,000 he gave away.

Speaking through an interpreter, he said: “I want to warn people, both death and hearing, not to be taken in by these scams. Say no to them, don’t contact them and remove them from your Facebook page.

“About £26K is gone from six loans. My flat has been remortgaged and I now have to sell my flat. I hope I will be able to find another place.

“For the last three months, it was hell. I’m doing better now, thanks to the support of my friends, but it will take me years to pay off these debts.”

The scam started in January when a woman calling herself Sandra Owen befriended Kenneth on Facebook claiming she was deaf and had won £1.2million on the “United Nations Deaf Lottery”.

She then forwarded Kenneth the email address of the supposed lottery organiser, Harry Thomas, who then contacted him.

Kenneth passed on his bank account details and was told he had won £600,000 and was urged to forward £300 via Western Union to an address in Lagos, Nigeria.

But he was then told he needed to find around £30,000 for ”government fees” before he could receive his full winnings.

Kenneth took out a number of loans, secured against his flat, but ”Harry” would text him each time explaining he needed more and concocting various stories.

The scam was only discovered after Kenneth went to his bank for a meeting about life insurance and staff asked him what he’d spent the money on.

PC Michael Loveys said police investigators are trying to track down the crooks but there was ”little hope” of retrieving the money.

He said: “He has been sucked in by these people and they went on to try and target friends of his. What is most appalling is that these criminals are specifically targeting vulnerable people.

“There’s no such thing as a deaf and disabled lottery. there are a number of scams like this out there. Lots and lots of people have been scammed, but if you haven’t entered a lottery, then you haven’t won.”

Kenneth’s friend, and British Sign Language interpreter Helen Doyle, added: “We keep telling Kenneth to stay positive. If I wasn’t here, I think he would be gone by now.

“Kenneth wants to warn others, to save them the same fate. He hopes he can save others by revealing what happened to him.”

lol @ falling for those emails scams and not being mentally disabled and decrepid

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i dont mean to be deep but when i read "deaf lottery" i burst out with laughter.

reading on though that is f*ckree.

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i dont mean to be deep but when i read "deaf lottery" i burst out with laughter.

Lost it

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f*ckin hell

He's not only deaf but retarded if u ask me.

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how u gonna remortgage ur house to get winnings

wtf is this

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lol @ him sharing his story like it could happen to any one of us. <_<

You'd have to be a f*ck*ng mong to believe something like that.

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thread has brought tears to my eyes :lol:

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yuri u need to up your avi still

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yuri u need to up your avi still

:Y:

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bruv. i was looking at his pic for a good 5 mins.

link.

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yuri u need to up your avi still

Posd for the Avi yuri.

On topic, No way would I remortgage anything for sum winnings. Did he even have a go on this lottery or did they just contact him saying he had won? Cos thats even more stupid.

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was reading this in the sun how can someone be so stupid

dont care if man is deaf sorryy

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i dont mean to be deep but when i read "deaf lottery" i burst out with laughter.

100% SAME

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well deserved

*claps*

he can only see your applause

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well deserved

*claps*

he can only see your applause

good job he cant hear your swag beats

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well deserved

*claps*

he can only see your applause

good job he cant hear your swag beats

at least u could fire at him and miss on purpose without him knowing and drive away, come back to the ends gassed up listening to sn1 and tell ur man dem "i f*ck*ng buss shots at this f*ck*ng guy blud hes lucky i didnt end him"

anyway, thats enough food for you today stupid f*cking prick. 3 meals limit.

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