Adam Rickitt, a former cast member of Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, appeared to be in tears as he admitted to fans that he had been duped out of “tens of thousands of pounds.” In an effort to prevent it from happening to anyone else, the soap star posted what happened on Instagram.
Before beginning a career in music, Adam, who originally played Nick Tilsley in Corrie from 1997 to 1999, stated he felt “dumb” for falling for the fraud and asserted that the persuasive con artists “knew everything about him.”
“IT’S TIME TO ADMIT! He wrote, “I know a lot of people are going to laugh at me for this… but I want to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else,” along with a video of himself speaking to the camera inside the bar he and his TV presenter wife Katy own in Knutsford, Cheshire.
“I was totally duped this week by these con artists posing as @barclaysuk. I was positive to the utmost that it was the bank, that they were assisting me, and that I wasn’t even moving money or disclosing any personal information. Unfortunately, the former was untrue since they were able to reproduce what I thought was secure and because they were completely aware of my interactions with the bank.
“I know we all think we know what to do or how to react, but honestly, the tension it caused throughout the fraud… and the embarrassment I feel now… I have never known.” I can’t even begin to recommend how to defend yourself because I felt I was doing everything correctly, he said.
However, just be aware that there are those who are skilled at manipulating the system, and stay safe. In the video, Adam claims that the fictitious bank employee informed him that a representative from the fraud department would contact him to talk about the situation.
He clarified: “The caller identified himself as “I am calling from Barclay’s fraud department” and asked the usual security questions I always ask when I receive calls from 0845 numbers. I checked the number he was calling from on the Barclay’s website while I was on the phone with him on my laptop, and sure enough, it was the Barclay’s fraud number.”
He asserts that the man requested a “dummy payment” from him in order to “trigger a member of the fraud department.”
The actor was informed that they would be forced to delete his account after expressing his desire not to do it. So, he continued, “I returned to my account and sure enough, the money was gone.”
Adam also discussed how he found it difficult to look his wife Katy in the eye because of his embarrassment. Katy will be known for being a news journalist on Good Morning Britain.
Adam received an outpouring of love from his famous friends and followers after releasing his video. Atomic Kitten star Liz McClarnon said: ” Oh no!!! I’m really sorry, I guess.”
Mate don’t feel dumb, Kelle Bryan of Loose Women advised him. They are total scumbags. I’m truly sorry. I appreciate your courage so greatly.
“This just illustrates how easy it is, you are a very educated person and done all the correct things to check,” Hollyoaks actress Tamara Wall responded. Bravo for bringing this to light; you have my undying love. Hope everything is okay, said Chelsee Healey, a former co-star. Complete scumbags
Barclays declined to comment on individual cases but issued a warning about the risks of banking scams, according to a spokeswoman to the Manchester Evening News. “We sincerely sympathize with our consumer who fell prey to a fraud involving impersonation.