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A few days later, I received a call and some documents from 'Axa investments'.
However, I couldn't contact Axa to confirm receipt of the money, so realised that I might have been scammed.
Will I be able to recover the money?
Your bank, Barclays, was able to recover £25,000, but refused to refund the rest, despite being signed up to the Contingent Reimbursement Model. Under this voluntary code, banks should compensate who've taken precautions.
This was despite you having made several checks before making the transfer, including enquiring about how to do it in a branch.
After speaking to the Which? Money Helpline, you eventually made a complaint to the chief executive of Barclays in April.
Barclays finally agreed to refund the £75,000 you had lost, plus £3,106 in interest.
It acknowledged the checks you had carried out and said that it had missed an opportunity to educate you about the possibility of investment scams.
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