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£200k scam victim dubbed a national hero

Sylvia Kneller receives her Trading Standards Institute Hero Award from Steve Playle, investigations manager at Surrey County Council trading standards, and Helyn Clack, SCC Cabinet Member for Community Services

A Surrey pensioner scammed out of more than £200,000 over 56 years has been dubbed a national hero for speaking out to help others.

Sylvia Kneller hit the headlines in January after revealing she paid around £100 a week in deposits for phoney prizes to lottery or horoscope tricksters until Surrey County Council trading standards convinced her to stop.

Ms Kneller, from Farnham, told people her experiences and how the county council helped her via the front page of The Sun and other national media.

She received today’s Hero Award from the Trading Standards Institute.

For advice on avoiding scams, visit the Surrey County Council trading standards web pages.

 

 

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