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Woman Was Scammed While Online Shopping in Her Sleep

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This is a first for me, i never knew it could happen to anyone

This woman buys things online while 'sleepwalking' , entering her bank details to purchase items

She says she has spent over £3,000 on things like an inflatable basketball court !!

But the last time she 'sleepbought' she was scammed by a false government website and lost £250 from her bank

Her condition was diagnosed as 'parasomnia '

I think she needs to put a lock on her laptop to stop this happening again

metro.co.uk/2024/05/29/mum-rare-sleep-disorder-scammed-online-shopping-snoozing-20929708/

telmel
3 weeks ago
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JLouM

I have never heard of this. She should just lock up her laptop like you say.

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telmel

JLouM She could put a difficult password on it and keep it seperate and hidden, something she would not remember while sleepwalking

Then when awake would be able to find it and open

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Jerseydrew

She needs to put her laptop in a safe and not have any apps or cards on her phone. So she can't shop in her sleep

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telmel

Jerseydrew She might remember the code J , taking the apps off the phone is a good idea

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Lynibis

If she turned the router off, locked her laptop in a cupboard and gave the key to another household member I would think that would solve the problem. If she lives alone freeze the key in a small tub of water before bed, she might give up or wake up while having to defrost!

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telmel

Lynibis I think you have solved the problem L, extreme , but would be very effective

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jam45

Lynibis I agree with you 100%!

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jms19

Yeah common sense would be to just not have access to the internet and or her debit cards. It is amazing what people can do in their sleep though

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EmmaWright762

I find this very difficult to believe it's just unbelievable. There are many precautions she could have taken if this were true, if she has managed to get away with it l am amazed. Afraid I'm calling BS on this one.

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telmel

EmmaWright762 I see where you are going with it E, i don't blame you for thinking the worst

But personally i would not put myself out there to the public and admit things like buying and full size plastic basketball court , unless she was fibbing to the reporter

Also there is a known condition for this , so who knows ?

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Imnotcheap

Surely she could block her cards before bed. Possibly talk to her bank to stop it happening

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telmel

Imnotcheap Or she could just sleep on it I , the credit card i mean 😉

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