Denise Welch fell victim to bank scam as Loose Women star brands herself ‘pathetic’

Loose Women: Denise recalls being scammed out of money

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The Hollyoaks actress has recalled being contacted several times by what she believed was her bank. However, it was in fact scammers who stole money from her account while she was working.

I fall for stuff very easily and it’s really pathetic

Denise, 62, told of the horrifying incident during today’s edition of Loose Women, as she joined co-panellists Kaye Adams, Janet Street-Porter and Benda Edwards via video link from her home in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

The former Coronation Street and her co-panellists were discussing the astronomical rise in financial fraud and tell-tale signs of what to look out for.

She said: “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.”

The mum-of-two went on to recall: “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.”

Denise, who is mum to The 1975 frontman Matty Healy, continued: “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.

“But since then, I have been more savvy.”

Denise also stated that her father, Vin, is a “friendly, gregarious person” who is often taken in by scammers when they’re pleasant towards him.

Her co-star, West End actress Brenda, 52, also admitted that she had recently fallen victim to a fraudulent HMRC scam that has been circulating.

“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,” she recalled.

Brenda went on to add: “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 said before confirming that she had given the caller her name before questioning why they were calling her.

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Going into further detail she said: “I received a notification saying there is tax fraud against your account, I panicked, I was sweating.”

Kaye, 58, interjected adding: “Yes, that is what they’re relying on!”

However, Brenda soon began to notice that things were not adding up before telling her fellow Loose Women: “But I put the phone down because they weren’t giving me my tax reference.”

Journalist Kaye also announced that she had almost become a victim of scamming after receiving a suspicious-looking text message.

“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,” said Kaye, before announcing that she had been notified of a banking scam which instructed her to follow a URL link.

Janet pointed out for the audience who were viewing from their homes that should the bank contact you, they will ask a series of security questions in a “certain sequence”.

The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! campmate said that employees of your bank would “never ask for your pin number” during a phone call.

Loose Women airs on weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.

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