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Widow Claims Online Bingo Fraud

A widow has claimed that she was defrauded £9,000 while playing online bingo, and is now trying to claim her money back from the three sites that she had accounts with, in order to regain her losses. Rita Tapping, who is a 63 year old bingo player from Whitley Wood Road in Reading, claims that she began to enjoy bingo online when she was caring for her sick husband at home, taking comfort from the social nature of the game in the evenings as she could no longer get out and about. The widow claims that she was only spending £20 at a time and that that thieves must have somehow managed to get access to her account, spending a massive £9,000 without her knowledge.

Mrs. Tapping believes that the thieves managed to access her account due to her unprotected wireless router. “My only crime was I used an unprotected wireless router. I think somebody local picked up on that. They did not need to get into my account because I was already in it. They picked up on where I was and I believe they gambled for fun and kicks,” she said. After trying unsuccessfully to claim fraud from the bingo sites she had been playing at, Mrs. Tapping had a breakdown and had to have her husband moved to a home as she was unable to look after him. He suffered a stroke and died a few months later, adding to the tragedy. This is a huge lesson for players to play bingo responsibly, and to not to allow themselves to get caught up in spending too much.

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