July 6, 2022

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Duncan James robbed of £5k after thieves ‘cleared out’ his bank account with scam email

DUNCAN James has told how he was robbed of £5,000 after falling for a scam email.

Thieves “cleared out” his bank account after sending the Blue singer a fake email from HMRC.

James Duncan lost £5,000 to fraudsters


James Duncan lost £5,000 to fraudstersCredit: The Mega Agency

The 42-year-old – who is set to appear on The Circle’s celebrity series – warned fans about being duped online.

“There are lots of catfishes out there, you can never really trust anybody,” he said.

“We watch television programmes of awful situations where people have been completely taken advantage of to the point where they’ve been giving money to somebody to help them or they’ve been dating somebody that’s not really who they say they are.

He'll be back on our TV screens in the Celebrity Circle


He’ll be back on our TV screens in the Celebrity CircleCredit: Channel 4 / Rachel Joseph

“You hear of all these stories of people who have lost everything, it’s awful. I’ve been stung before.

“I got an email from a fake HMRC telling me about a tax rebate that I had to give my details. I didn’t think and just handed it over. And then my accountant was like, “HMRC will never ask for your account details. They have them. You don’t need to do that.’

“And I was like, ‘S***, what have I done?’ and then I looked in my account and they had cleared me out. They took about five grand.

“Thankfully, the bank knew. I had to send in the emails that I had, and I got my money back.”

Alongside Duncan James, Channel 4 has signed up Denise van Outen for the reality TV game show, which is hosted by Emma Willis.

Duncan James backing The Sun's Jabs Army


Duncan James backing The Sun’s Jabs Army

In last year’s series DJ Zoe Ball’s son Woody Cook took part alongside celebrity guest Richard Madeley, who, presumably inspired by his famous wife, pretended to be a blonde woman called Judy.

Denise and James will be joined by actress and presenter Nadia Sawalha, former Strictly competitor and YouTuber Saffron Barker and Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosby.

And if that weren’t enough of a mixed bag, they’ve also signed up Baga Chipz, one of the breakout stars of BBC Three’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.