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.
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.
“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.”
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