George Best’s ex-wife Angie has been left ‘frustrated’ after falling victim to Instagram fraud when she was held to ransom for Bitcoin payment
George Best’s ex-wife Angie has revealed she was a victim of fraud and held to ransom for a Bitcoin payment.
Angie, 69, was preyed on by hackers when they emailed about her Instagram account.
The ex-Playboy bunny was asked to enter her user name and password in the email to ‘stop her account being shut’ because of what hackers referred to as ‘copyright infringement.’
It said she would lose her 20,000 followers if she did not do as the email requested.
When she fell for the trick, she was asked for £150 in Bitcoin from a scammer in Turkey.
Victim: Angie Best was asked to enter her user name and password in the email to ‘stop her account being shut’ because of what hackers referred to as ‘copyright infringement’
Former model Angie paid the scammer 150 euros (£128) instead and called the police. She is concerned that the fraudsters will prey on her followers after they renamed her account ‘ighelpserviceteam.’
Speaking to the Mirror, Angie revealed that the scammers held her to ransom.
She said: ‘I received an email posing as Instagram saying my account was going to be shut down due to copyright infringement and to click on a link to verify it.
‘It looked completely genuine, so I did. It asked me to enter my details and once I did they had them.’
A man contacted her on WhatsApp and was frustrated when she paid him the Bitcoin in Euros.
The scammer demanded another 200 euros from Angie who said she told him to get lost and asked him why he did not get a real job.
He told her it was his real job and he was an ‘honest’ man and she should be ‘honest’ herself and pay the £150 she promised him.
Ex-love: Angie was married to football ace George from 1978 for eight years
Since the fraud, Angie has contacted Instagram but she was told they could not help because she had been dealing with automated responses.
Action Fraud were also contacted and Angie hired a cyber-expert in a bid to get her account back.
She said the expert told her to pay the man at the beginning and that sometimes those targeted get their accounts back but they do not always.
Angie said the scam is out of her control and has left her ‘gutted’ after she spent considerable time trying to get her Instagram back.
Family: Angie and George’s son Calum, 40, is a TV personality
She said she has asked the universe every day to give her back the account.
Angie wants to warn others so they do not have to go through the same ordeal she has.
Her bank could not be contacted because she has already paid the money to the scammer.
Angie was married to football ace George from 1978 for eight years. Their son Calum, 40, who is a TV personality, was born in 1981.
Her ex was troubled and struggled with alcoholism for many years.
The football great had a liver transplant in 2002 but sadly died in 2005 from a lung infection and organ failure aged just 59.
His funeral saw 100,000 line the streets as the funeral cortege travelled through the streets of East Belfast.
Football legend: George Best had a liver transplant in 2002 but sadly died in 2005 from a lung infection and organ failure aged just 59. Pictured: The football legend in 1968 outside his men’s fashion boutique