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Sue Perkins and Anna Richardson reveal they were scammed out of “thousands of pounds” online

TV host Anna Richardson has revealed that she and her partner Sue Perkins were the victims of a sophisticated online scam a couple of years ago.Appearing on yesterday’s (January 18) Loose Women, Anna and the rest of the panel discussed their approaches to avoiding losing money online, before revealing just how easy it can be.

Admitting that the incident made her feel “stupid”, Anna explained that despite receiving information that appeared legitimate about the website and its owner, she and Sue lost “thousands of pounds” while booking a family holiday.

“I went to a website that I thought was very well-known to book a villa, [and] spoke to the guy who was running the website,” she explained.

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“I booked a very expensive place for the whole family, asked for the chap’s details because I thought, ‘Hang on a minute. I’m not sure I really recognise this website’. I need to do my checks because I’m a journalist.”

Revealing the level of detail in the scam, she continued: “He faxed me through all kinds of information about him. I paid thousands of pounds for the accommodation and poof! He just disappeared.

“No villa, no holiday. Goodbye money.”

Now if that’s not a cautionary tale that calls for the resurgence of holiday brochures and real-life travel agents, we don’t know what is.

In slightly more uplifting news, Anna recently opened up about her relationship with Sue, calling their bond “profound”.

“That night was one of the most extraordinary, memorable evenings where literally the planets aligned. Something was in the air that night, and that was the night we got together,” she said.

“There was an absolute understanding between us, and we’ve been together ever since.”

MORE: WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU’VE BEEN SCAMMED[1]

(Via Digital Spy[2])

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References

  1. ^ WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU’VE BEEN SCAMMED (www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk)
  2. ^ Via Digital Spy (www.digitalspy.com)

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