BBC star says 'I'll be honest' as he speaks out over 'most horrific' scam that cost life savings

BBC Radio Humberside newsreader Peter Levy has warned listeners to watch out for scammers after losing half of his life savings. The 68-year-old opened up about falling victim to a cruel scam earlier this year.

He revealed how the ordeal was so 'traumatic' he stopped sleeping for days. The scam happened in February but is still being 'sorted out' months later.

The TV and radio presenter described the distress he has felt since he was swindled of his money, admitting he feels 'helpless'. He confessed how he 'fell for it badly' despite being part of many interviews and discussions about scams.

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Speaking to Richard Stead, Levy said: "It is the most horrific, horrific feeling. It's absolutely awful, you feel stupid, you feel thick, you feel... It happened in February and it is still being sorted out.

"Just this lunchtime I've been to a bank. It's awful, so when people talk about the scams it is dreadful, it's awful." The pair discussed the dangers of using obvious passwords, such as 'Peter123', across all online accounts, Mirror reports.

Levy admitted: "I'll be honest, I've got the same for everything. I don't use 'Peter1234', it's a lot better than that but it is the same thing and you shouldn't do that. But how do you remember all the different [passwords]?"

He added: "It is so traumatising and upsetting It's dreadful. You can't sleep, you can't do anything. You feel helpless and I fell for something. It was about 20 past seven in the evening and this is a good one to watch out.

"They ring up and say things like, 'This is the fraud department of Richard Stead Bank. We've noticed some unusual activity on your account. Have you spent £500 in the last hour?' And I said, 'No, I haven't spent £500 in the last hour. I've been at work'."

The scammers then asked Levy to log into his bank account to 'do some security checks'. He said: "There are scams going on at the moment and this is a good one to remember.

"And again, I have to sub it down slightly. The bank has told me this in the last couple of weeks. You go in to a public car park and there's a queue for the pay machine so you want to scan the app on the wall.

"Don't do that because those are being [used for scams]. Queue, be patient, don't use the app on the wall."