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Beloved grandmother traumatised after thieves empty her bank account

Yesterday, a 70-year-old grandmother, Marie, was left without money for bills, food, or Christmas presents when her bank account was emptied by scammers claiming to be from BT.

She is normally very careful with her bank details, said Marie's granddaughter, Aimee, but these people used a story that sounded genuine to her as she was currently moving from BT to Talk Talk for her internet and so expected calls from both companies.

They convinced my Nan to give them remote access to her PC and asked for her bank details so they could process a refund, then they immediately emptied her bank account.

Marie's daughter, Karen, immediately contacted her mother's bank, Nationwide to try and reverse the transaction. Nationwide refused to do so claiming this was a legitimate transaction.

We like a lot of people, assumed Nationwide would just refund, said Karen, but because she gave her bank details to them, they are saying it was authorised, which is unbelievable.

Marie had been saving for a trip to Australia to see her mother whose health is declining. It was possibly the last time Marie would ever have been able to see her mother.

Marie's granddaughter, Aimee, is hoping that the public is more feeling than Nationwide. She has started a Just Giving campaign to try and raise funds to replace what her nan had lost and so give her back a happy Christmas.

My Nan is always helping others, writes Aimee. There will be many people reading this who know of her, and have maybe received help from her themselves.

The family are hoping that they can rase awareness of the BT phone scam which is a variation of the Microsoft technical support scam. In September, The Register reported that scammers were targetting BT customers although Talk Talk customers may equally be at risk after a series of data breaches.

You can help give a little Christmas joy back to Marie and her family by donating online.

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Christmas events in Thanet

It is the season for being social. At least that's what the songs tell us. Thanet Star are compiling a list of all the things to see and do in Thanet.

At the moment the list is being built on Facebook. We have been busy adding all the seasonal events we can find to our page.

If you know of any events going on in and around Thanet please feel free to mention them in the comments or drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter.

Health and time permitting, I will publish a list of Christmas events here soon.

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It not seem right

It was a week ago when I received the call. A lad I had known since childhood, David Thorman, had been taken from us.

My deepest sympathies go to his mum and dad, who always had time for me when I was little, and the rest of the family.

I have felt devastated by the news even though he and I had not been in contact in many years. Even so, it has been the deepest of shocks and I cannot even begin to describe how I feel. Our families were part of the same church community when we were growing up. We went to the same Sunday school and youth group.

It just not seem right at all.

Please forgive me if I do not say much more about this deeply saddening topic; just coming up with a headline was painful enough. Perhaps you should read this fantastic tribute to Dave.

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GEEK 2017 at Dreamland

Yesterday, I went along to GEEK 2017 with my blogger hat on. As I mentioned, I was very tired when I got back. So here, the very next day is the article I wanted to write.

GEEK 2017 at Dreamland

GEEK (Game Expo East Kent) has landed once more. This time at Dreamland.

We've covered GEEK most other years at Thanet Star and it has been great but this year it felt like GEEK had come home. It was the perfect fit to hold it at Dreamland.

Also the ticket prices are fairly reasonable per person but it can add up if you go as a family. I honestly thought a "family of four" ticket was a tenner until a friend pointed out that it comes in at just shy of forty. So, yeah, I felt silly. That said, still worth it if you can.

As you come in, you will be greeted by relentlessly happy GEEK volunteers handing out stickers. This is part of something new to GEEK - a house competition. Pick a house and earn tokens (house points) for your house by playing games and getting involved. The people in the GEEK t-shirts will explain the details to you if you ask.

I have it on good authority (from the devs themselves) that the guys at the Bullion stand are handing out points for finding a new bug in the game they are giving a demo of. Bullion is masive fun even if it is an early version.

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Today Thanet Star was at GEEK

I arrived at geek in the hour before GEEK 2017 opened to the public and left as they were locking the doors for the night. This post should have contained lots of pictures and a detailed review of everything on offer. I am shattered so you will have to wait.

While you are waiting, check our twitter feed and Facebook page for pictures.

Here are the Twitter highlights from #GEEK2017 (day 1).

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