Loose Women’s Denise Welch has spoken candidly about falling victim to a horrible financial scam.
Joining Kaye Adams, Brenda Edwards and Janet Street-Porter on Wednesday’s show (7 April), the 62-year-old panelist revealed details of the fraud which highlighted just how careful you have to be.
"I fall for stuff very easily and it's really pathetic, I normally consider myself a woman of the world, but I am really not with stuff like that”, she said.
"I fell for one a couple of years ago which was the fraud department of my bank calling me, I was rehearsing a show so I kept coming out and it was the fraud department again.
"I was worried, they said people had been accessing my account and taking money out of it, and this sounds so naive but because they were so clever and manipulative, and they did it over a couple of days, they asked me for my PIN number and I gave it to them.
"When I told Lincoln his head nearly exploded, and I said I know it's totally ridiculous, and they had already taken the money, but it's because they were playing the long game."
Brenda then revealed she was almost scammed very recently: "I was so nervous and so scared. It was on Saturday, I was just doing some housework stuff, and a phone call came through and it said HMRC, so I answered immediately.
"When I answered, it started ringing, so it went through to somebody else, who said, 'Hello, who's speaking?'
"I said, 'You called me, so who is calling me?'" she revealed, before adding she gave them her name before asking why they were calling.
"I received a notification saying there is tax fraud against your account, I panicked, I was sweating," she said.
Kay commented: "Yes, that is what they're relying on!"
Brenda added: "But I put the phone down because they weren't giving me my tax reference”.
Closing the segment, Kaye warned: "Ones that are doing the rounds at the moment, and this is not exhaustive, are TV licences, Royal Mail, tickets scams, because venues are opening, and HMRC scams, they are very much doing the rounds at the moment."
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