Adam Rickitt has spoken out on the horrifying bank fraud scam which saw swindlers take close to £50,000 out of his account.
The ex Coronation Street star appeared on Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain with his GMB correspondent wife Katy Rickitt, where he revealed his ‘panic’ when he realized the money had gone.
Warning viewers about the sophisticated scam, Adam said he had got his money back, but insisted ‘the system needs to catch up and be on a par with the scammers.’
Warning: Adam Rickitt has spoken to GMB with his wife Katy about the horrifying bank fraud scam which saw swindlers take close to £50,000 out of his account
Speaking from the couple’s craft beer bottle shop in Cheshire with Katy by his side, Adam said: ‘We lost £50,000, or just shy of that. The scary thing is that wasn’t what they were aiming for.’
‘They were aiming to empty our entire business account and it was purely by chance within this three hour process so I was able to spot that the money that I was told was never leaving our account had actually been left and it wasn’t Barclay’s I was speaking to.
GMB host Susanna Reid admitted ‘I thought I would’ve fallen victim to that frankly. It was very persuasive, they induced a sense of panic in you that you had to act quickly and it occurred to me you did everything that you could to try and verify who these people were.’
Adam replied: ‘Hand on heart – they are better at this than me, or the system will ever be.’
Panic: Speaking from the couple’s craft beer bottle shop, Adam said: ‘We lost £50,000, or just shy of that. The scary thing is that wasn’t what they were aiming for.’
‘They were ringing me from the Barclay’s fraud line which I did check. I didn’t know that you could ghost financial institutions.’
Explaining how the con works, Adam continued: ‘It’s where you have a number show up on your phone – an 0845 number – and I got a text from Barclay’s and the number they called me from was the Barclays fraud line number and essentially it transpires hackers are now able to ghost peoples’ number.’
‘The most convincing thing was the fact that they knew too much about my account. They knew every single cash withdrawal we had made also.’
‘Even if you engage with them for 30 seconds, you are in such a panic…The whole process when I was scammed took over three hours.’
He added, ‘Barclays have been fantastic throughout this whole process. We got a call yesterday morning saying the funds had come back to us.
‘Just because we’ve got our money back, that’s not where this crime ends for me. I think more needs to be done.’
Susanna asked, ‘Katy – you are an experienced correspondent, this is the sort of case you would normally be investigating on behalf of this program and you find yourself investigating it at home. What is the definitive information you have to follow to stop being scammed?’
Duped: The ex-Coronation Street star first revealed he was a victim of bank fraud in an emotional Instagram video he posted on Friday
Katy said, ‘We have pulled our hair out for the last seven days – he had three hours of hell, we went through everything with a fine toothed comb and the reason we wanted to come on today is to try and stop even one person from getting scammed.
‘The only thing he feels he could have done is hung up the phone. This guy was his best friend, this guy was stopping him from getting defrauded allegedly, but it turned out he was the fraudster.’
‘If your bank calls you, hang up and call the number on the back of your bank card… We want this to change for other people.’
Adam added, ‘The system itself needs to catch up and come on a par with the scammers.’
The ex-Coronation Street star first revealed he was a victim of bank fraud in an emotional Instagram video he posted on Friday.
Can’t believe it: The former pop star also shared a lengthy caption in which he expressed his shock that the robbers knew ‘everything’ about him
In the video, a tearful Adam remarked: ‘They knew EVERYTHING about me.’
The soap actor admitted he could hardly look his wife Katy in the eye after being conned and said that though some people may ‘laugh’ at him, he wanted to warn others from making his mistake.
An authorized push payment (APP) scam is when someone willingly transfers money from their own banking account to a scammer’s.
Scams can be highly sophisticated, with criminals posing as legitimate organizations such as banks, government bodies or the police.
Tough: The star admitted he could hardly look his wife Katy (pictured) in the eye after being conned and warned others from making his mistake