Mary Berners-Lee: an unlikely fraud victim

Courier Fraud is a highly complex telephone scam that officers believe to be amongst the most sophisticated they’ve ever had to face. And, it’s on the rise.

As crime victims go, 90 year old Mary might appear typical, but she’s not.

Mrs Berners-Lee is a highly regarded mathematician who helped create the world’s first commercial computer, the Ferranti Mark 1. She’s also mother to Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the World Wide Web. Yet even she was outsmarted by the courier scammers.

In this step-by-step account, she explains how she fell victim to the scammers.

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