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'My dying friend gave a neighbour  his bank card to buy toiletries – he withdrew £16k'

A scammer at a bank machine using a debit card
Almost £16,000 was stolen from the bank account of a man dying of cancer Credit: Veronica Grech for the Telegraph

Dear Katie,

My best friend died of cancer in March at the age of 47. He had no family so he made me the executor of his will. We have known each other for 42 years, since we were five.

I live in another part of the country and while he was dying in a care home he entrusted his debit card to a friend who lived locally. This was on the understanding that the friend would buy toiletries and any other necessary items – or so I thought.

After my friend passed away I received his bank statement and found that around £300 had been withdrawn from local cash machines every day for the last 52 days of his life. The total amount taken was £15,850. 

His bank, Santander, reported it to Action Fraud and...

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