An 88-year-old dementia patient was tricked into spending £10,000 on "miracle health cures" delivered from all around the world.
Vulnerable Barbara Evitts was left with just £30 in her account after being targeted by relentless sales calls and letters for eight years.
The scam was only uncovered recently by her son after his mum went to live in a nursing home.
Shocked Paul, 59, found around 400 boxes of medication and health remedies at her home in Wombwell, Barnsley.
In one box he discovered 22 containers of Celery and Turmeric extract, for which she’d paid £385.
Another was packed with £300 worth of Pomegranate extract. Just four packages had £1,000 worth of goods inside, including £135 worth of Omega oil at £35 each.
Police described it as among the "worst cases" they had seen.
"She does not need any of it," her son said."Why they would want to treat somebody like that just beggars belief.
“On one occasion I intercepted a phone call from a scammer who was asking for bank details, but when I questioned him on that and told them to stop ringing, he just said he’d call back when I wasn’t there.
“It’s been a nightmare – those responsible are very aggressive on the phone and have absolutely no morals, praying on the elderly and vulnerable.
“If I struggled to get rid of them on the phone due to how pushy they were, my mum had no chance as she couldn’t make decisions any more.”
Paul said he first became suspicious a few years ago when she was admitted to hospital and he went to her home to get some essentials for her.
He found food packages, with biscuits and a bit of cake inside, which had cost his mum £125.
“That’s for stuff that you can probably get from your local supermarket for probably about £35,” he said.
“I didn’t really think it was as big as what it’s grown.”
He said his mum had stored a lot of the boxes upstairs out of sight and he only discovered them eight weeks ago when she moved to a nursing home.
“I never expected to find this,” he said.
Andy Foster, South Yorkshire Police Fraud Prevention Officer, said: "Fraudsters bleed people dry. It’s one of the worst cases of miracle health cure frauds I’ve seen.
"Barbara had spent her life savings on useless, worthless pills that claim to cure ailments of all sorts."
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