Adam Rickitt scammed out of ‘tens of thousands of pounds’ in bank fraud

Katie Archer

Katie Archer

·TV Reporter, Yahoo Entertainment UK

Sat, 3 September 2022 at 12:07 pm

Adam Rickitt attends the British Soap Awards 2018 at Hackney Empire on June 2, 2018 in London, England (Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Adam Rickitt says he has been the victim of a bank scam. (WireImage)

Former soap star Adam Rickitt has revealed how he was conned out of tens of thousands of pounds in a bank fraud scam.

The actor, known for his roles in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, posted on social media to warn his fans about falling victim to the same crime and said he felt “embarrassed”.

He wrote on Instagram: “CONFESSION TIME! I know a lot of people will laugh at me for this…but I want to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

“I got completely scammed this week by some fraudsters impersonating @barclaysuk I was 100% sure it was the bank, that they were helping me and that I wasn’t even transferring funds or giving any details away.

“Alas the former wasn’t true..they managed to duplicate everything I thought to be safe…they knew EVERYTHING about me and my history with the bank…

“I know we all think we know what to do or how to react…but honestly I have never known the stress it created over the course of the scam…and now the embarrassment I feel.

“I can’t even begin to suggest how to protect yourself as I thought I was doing everything right…but please just be aware there’s people out there who know exactly how to play the system. Be safe x”

Rickitt, 44, also posted a lengthy video from his bar in which he appeared to be holding back tears as he explained more about what had happened.

Bar owners Adam Rickitt and wife Katy welcome back customers to the Dexter and Jones gin bar in Knutsford, Cheshire, as England takes another step back towards normality with the further easing of lockdown restrictions. Picture date: Monday April 12, 2021. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Adam Rickitt with his wife Katy at their gin bar in Knutsford, Cheshire. (PA)

He added that he wasn’t “the brightest button”, but said that the scammer who called him had been completely convincing as a member of Barclays fraud department.

Rickitt said that he had struggled to be able to look wife Katy in the eye as he told her how “tens of thousands of pounds” had been stolen from his account.

His friends offered support, with Liz McClarnon commenting: “Oh no!!! Ahh, I’m so sorry!”

Kelle Bryan wrote: “Mate don’t feel stupid. They are absolute k****. I am so sorry. Thank you so much for being so brave.”

Chelsee Healey added: “Hope your ok. Absoloute scum bags.”

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