A group of anonymous well-wishers has stepped in to help a pensioner who was the victim of cruel online scam.
Great grandmother Joan Smith, 81, from Fulwood, Preston, was distraught when she was tricked into paying a dubious website to apply for a Blue Badge, which assists disabled people to park more easily.
Joan cares for her husband Sydney, 82, who has Alzheimer’s, and daughter Judith, 51, who has mental health problems, as well as coping with her own painful spinal disability.
Joan, who worked at Peter Craig’s mail order firm at Tulketh Mill, was scammed into paying £49 for a disability badge that never arrived.
Making an application for a badge is free, and the badge costs up to £10 - but she was told it would cost £49.
A spokesman for the Biscuit Fund said: “We are a small registered charity who were saddened to hear of Joan’s recent experience of being charged by an internet scammer for a Blue Badge.
“We would like to make a small donation to her of the money that she lost, to remind her not everyone on the internet is so appallingly dishonest.”