Tolland's Wendy Madigan reunited with money two months after bank scam

RELIEVED: After two months of waiting in anguish, Tolland woman Wendy Madigan has finally been reunited with the money she was scammed out of in January. Picture: Laura Hardwick

RELIEVED: After two months of waiting in anguish, Tolland woman Wendy Madigan has finally been reunited with the money she was scammed out of in January. Picture: Laura Hardwick

A Tolland woman who was robbed of almost $10,000 by sophisticated bank scammers in January has finally been reunited with her savings. 

Wendy Madigan was scammed out of $9786 on January 5 by a telephone fraudster claiming to be a representative from NAB. 

After more than two months of waiting patiently, Ms Madigan received a call last week informing her that the total amount had been returned to her bank account. 

Ms Madigan said she was overwhelmed with emotion upon hearing the good news. 

“When they rang me on Friday, I burst into tears,” Ms Madigan said.

“It was unbelievably amazing, because I got to the stage where I thought ‘I'm not going to get it back’.” 

Ms Madigan described the long process she had to go through with both the police and NAB to get her money back. 

“I had to report it to the police, and they had to report it to their fraud department,” she said.

“They traced where the money went, which was really smart of them, and they said I was so lucky because they were able to get the bank where they found it to freeze the fraudster’s account so they could not access it.

“But they said they had no chance of identifying the scammers, because they’re so sophisticated and smart these days.” 

Ms Madigan said she would use the money to pay off some bills and hopefully treat herself to something nice as well. 

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