HELEN Skelton was scammed out of £70,000 after falling for a terrifying phone hoax.
The 36-year-old presenter has revealed she was scammed out of her entire life savings after a phone call with who she was told was her bank, which is why she is launching a new ITV programme about scamming.
Speaking on Lorraine today, she said: “I got phoned up by the bank, told something dodgy had gone on with my account.
“The next week I had £70,000, all of my savings, had gone. All gone.”
The huge, hard-earned sum was snatched away from Helen after she was asked just a few questions about her account.
She added: “It was just a few questions over the phone.”
Helen has admitted she was distracted at the time of the call, but didn’t think anything of the conversation because she trusted it was a genuine call from her bank.
The mother-of-two- who has sons Ernie and Louis – said: “I had one kid up a tree,one wrestling the dog, another dog throwing up their kids birthday cake, then they phoned me from the bank and said ‘oh something has gone on’
“You don’t question your bank.”
Lorraine Kelly was taken aback by the confession.
The breakfast show host added: “You’re not daft.”
The former BBC sports presenter wants to shake the stigma around scamming, as she has insisted the scammers do not solely target “little old ladies”.
Helen said: “The reason I am making this programme is because it happens every day of the week, and to everyone.”
She continued: “We are not talking about little old ladies who are victims and don’t understand the internet, that’s a massively naive assumption.
“It’s happening to a lot of people and they are too embarrassed to say its happened.
“We’ve got a programme next week that will help people be aware, be on guard and avoid that.”
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