Entertainment: Countryfile's Helen Skelton says she felt 'really stupid' after losing £70,000 to scammer

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Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton has revealed that she lost £70,000 of her life savings in a banking scam. Helen has said that she felt 'really stupid' after falling for the scam back in 2019.

Regarding one of her sons using the internet, the 38-year-old told Lorraine Kelly: "The notion of him chatting to his mates online scares me a bit. I don't know that world and we've all heard plenty of things that could go wrong."

"I mean, come on - even as adults it is so easy to fall victim to a fraudster... I've done it - it has happened to me. It makes you feel really stupid.

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"But it has happened to so many people who aren't stupid. I got phoned up by the bank, told something dodgy had gone on with my account. The next week I had £70,000, all of my savings, had gone. All gone."

Helen lost £70,000 after answering a few quick questions on the phone © PA Helen lost £70,000 after answering a few quick questions on the phone

Helen's life savings, which she had worked so hard for, were snatched away from her after she was asked a few quick questions about her bank account. She told Lorraine: "It was just a few questions over the phone.

"I had one kid up a tree, one wrestling the dog, another dog throwing up their kids birthday cake, then they phoned me from the bank and said 'oh something has gone on'. You don't question your bank."

Helen said that the scam happens 'every day of the week' to unsuspecting members of the public. She told Lorraine: "We're not talking about little old ladies who are victims who don't understand the internet, that's a massively naïve assumption.

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"It's happening to people and they're too embarrassed to say that it's happened. I cried buckets when I realised.

"That money was meant to be for my children's future. I was thinking of my kids, and about how I would have to work even more and not see them to try to get it back.

"But it wasn’t just about money. I felt sick when I realised that I’d been speaking to the bloke robbing me. It felt like a total violation."

Earlier this year, Helen announced that she had split from her England rugby league player husband Richie Myler, just months after they had welcomed their third child into the world. The former Blue Peter star shared the news on Instagram in April.

With two broken heart emojis, Helen wrote: "Very sad to say that Richie and I are no longer a couple. He has left the family home.

Helen and Richie at the Pride of Britain Awards 2017 © Daily Mirror Helen and Richie at the Pride of Britain Awards 2017

"We will be doing our very best to co parent our small children."

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Helen and Richie got married in 2013 and have three children together, Ernie, Louis, and Elsie Kate. Richie is now dating Stephanie Thirkill, the daughter of one of Leeds' wealthiest businessmen.

A source close to the former couple told MailOnline: "Helen is absolutely devastated. Now she is contemplating life without him while he has moved on with his new partner.

"Richie is insisting there was no crossover, that he began the romance with Stephanie after their marriage collapsed, but Helen feels let down. They are still married, and their baby is literally four months old. She thought their marriage was safe and secure and is totally shocked by what’s happened."

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