Paddy McGuinness has said that he was deceived by someone posing as an actor Derek Griffiths on Twitter.
The Take Me Out host says that he paid £600 on eBay for what he thought was a charity dinner with former Coronation Street actor.
Details of the dinner were posted on a verified Twitter account of Griffiths, which turned out not to belong to him.
Twitter has suspended the account but would not provide any comment due to the “privacy and security”.
McGuinness said that the episode “was not a good start to the 2018” in a tweet to his 320,000 followers.
“I’ve paid more than $ 600 to a so-called autism charity,” he said.
The TV presenter also tweeted again later with screenshots of some of the eBay feedback of the users also thought that you had purchased the dinner with Griffiths.
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The BBC spoke with a representative of Derek Griffiths, who confirmed that the actor has never been a user of Twitter and that the account in his name was false.
Twitter suspended the account on Monday night, while eBay also has suspended the listings for the charity lunch with Griffiths, who is best known for his appearances on children’s TELEVISION in the 1970s and ‘ 80s.
A Radio announcer and I’m a Celebrity contestant Iain Lee, who previously interviewed Griffiths, began to investigate on Twitter after finding out the account was fake on Monday.
Users also claim that they have taken have been sharing their stories with Lee on the social media platform, including Duncan Young, who says that he donated £250, after seeing the charity events, announced a verified Twitter account.
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Hollyoaks actress Annie Wallace also stated on Twitter that the false account that had been in contact with “a lot of people, including verified TV stars, asking for the merchandise, autographs, etc”.
Others backed up this claim, including the Twitter user David Laud, that he was contacted by the money from the account.
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The BBC has been in contact with eBay and the police national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre Action Fraud, a statement.
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