Andy Thomson, the chief executive of LCF, has not responded to requests for comment. But according to the New York Post, Robert Fitzpatrick had studied the Bible and he knew the world was actually going to end exactly 19 months before that, on May 21, 2011. All the rings were fake. But amazingly, people do it anyway. For its part the FCA has released a statement saying its immediate priority is to "investigate and assist in the recovery of any assets. The depressing reality for Amanda Cunningham, and thousands of others, is that a lifetime of savings have been mostly wiped out, almost overnight. So losing your life savings is no laughing matter. To do this they set up a GoFundMe, which amazingly raised over $16,000. LCF was offering rates of around 8% on three year mini-bonds, which are high-risk investments. . Man who lost life savings in phone hack sues AT&T A California man who says he lost $1 million in a SIM swapping hack has filed a lawsuit against AT&T. They managed to grab $90 and their dog. Or at least New Yorkers. She had already tried many others and come up empty. Then it all went horribly wrong. They could take up to two years to turn into cash. May 22 must have come as a shock. So-called business email compromise scams are on the rise, with more than $26 billion lost over the last three years. But really they are to be pitied and hopefully we can all at least learn from their mistakes. Gribbohm would discover that, like most fun fair games, this one was a lot harder than it looked. For some reason, they never got around to selling them, and then the bubble burst. Thirty-year-old Henry Gribbohm really wanted an Xbox Kinect. But the man's daughter released a statement on behalf of him and their family saying that while they were very thankful and "overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity" that his "wishes [were] to respectfully decline any donations of any kind." Volunteers scoured the donated clothes, thousands and thousands of pieces. The money was in mixed currencies, which meant to use it he had to have it converted into Ukrainian hryvnia. These days the image of storing your money in the freezer is a funny stereotype. Fitzpatrick based his ideas on another doomsday predictor, Harold Camping, who said the world would end on September 6, 1994. And of all the places she could hide it, she picked the freezer because of that rumor it would survive a fire. Reese accused the company of insufficient background checks and hiring "rapists or pedophiles" who probably stole her money. But the doors on the new one were a little wonky, so she called the store to have it replaced. In the end, the mother was incredibly understanding, saying, "People have to take everything in proportion and thank God for the good and the bad.". That means Denise was violating a lot of laws when she hid it. But disasters can strike at any time. Please heed his story. He went to go pawn them and get a return on his investment, when he was told the disastrous news. Of course, as an adult you know this was so they didn't have to spend thousands fixing your rotten teeth. On the second day it was dark and foggy, and they hit something. Once the story got out, people called nonstop wanting to help the man. One of them was Renee Reese. Amanda Cunningham, who lives near Burnley, says she's lost her life savings "Basically it will mean that my son will not have money for his future". What he hadn't realized was that his $13,000 life savings was in the pocket. (Apparently, if you didn't use public transport you were going to be screwed.) But this tale has a happy ending. The boy admitted what he had done and they went to the police to try and get their money back. This kid was disturbingly smart. A 24-year-old faced with this nightmare scenario reached out to WABC-TV, our sister station in New York, who got to the bottom of this mystery. Eleven days after she got her windfall, she asked her husband, Thomas, for a divorce. The only problem was, the money he found was his family's life savings. The amount people were willing to pay for rare ones was insane. But at the time it felt like a human rights violation. He bought 1,000 subway-car placards, and thousands more ads in bus kiosks. Following further investigation the FCA then froze LCF's assets later that month, then in late January the company collapsed into administration. I lost £160k after I ‘married’ a conman who stole my life savings. She immediately filed a police report and called Costco. He emptied his bank account, and all he has is this Rasta banana. The FCA, the UK's financial regulator, first raised questions about LCF's advertising, much of it done online and via social media, in December 2018. One lady was a single mom with a disabled son and she lost 700k. 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