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PAM AYRES has opened up about how "frightened" she felt when she realised she had been targeted by a fraudster over the phone, as the poet admitted the situation "petrified" her at the time in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.

PUBLISHED: 19:28, Thu, Oct 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 19:28, Thu, Oct 1, 2020

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Pam Ayres, 73, has revealed she felt “vulnerable” after being targeted by a fraudster who informed her that her account had been “compromised” in a scam over the phone. The poet, who has teamed up with Santander to take on investment fraudsters ahead of National Poetry Day, explained she managed to avoid being scammed by questioning the man who called her until he hung up.


Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk about the frightening incident, Pam said: “It wasn’t a very sophisticated approach, but nevertheless it petrified me.

“I received a call from a man saying, ‘Your account’s been compromised’ and the thing I remember was how frightened I was and how vulnerable you feel and how you are desperate to rectify whatever’s been done to your account because you believe the person.

“They sound convincing and it’s easy to do whatever they suggest to put things right, but you’re actually playing into their hands.”

The star, who rose to fame after appearing on Opportunity Knocks, continued: “I did ask him some questions and the more I questioned him, the more hesitant he became and in the end he hung up. 

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“But I remember the fear and vulnerability that I felt and also a member of my family who is poorly with cognitive impairment was almost scammed and his wife came in just as he was giving out the bank details and the sort code and everything.

“She just managed to grab the phone and put the phone down and this is why I wanted to get involved.”

Pam has composed a new poem, entitled Have You Got Some Money? to raise awareness of the issue.

The television and radio personality admitted she found the poem “difficult” to write.


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