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Katie Price fled the country on Friday morning after being “absolutely devastated” that her fans lost thousands of pounds after unknowingly promoting a con artist business on Instagram.
The model, 43, took to the social media site to share a photo as she sat at the airport with her fiancé Carl Woods, 31, son Harvey, 19, and daughter Princess , 14 years old.
” Where are we going ? Carl asked his family. To which Harvey and Princess replied “it’s a secret! With Katie cheering enthusiastically.
Vacation: Katie Price was seen leaving the country on Friday morning after it was revealed that a con artist who paid her thousands to promote her business had stolen money from her fans
Ahead of her vacation, the model took the opportunity to set the record straight with her fans by posting a lengthy statement on her Instagram Stories.
She lamented: “I am absolutely devastated to hear from this rogue trader Josh Chandler, if that’s even his real name.
“He fooled not only me, but also my family, my friends, my loyal fans and supporters. “
“I would like to thank Action Fraud for contacting, for working with me to investigate this terrible situation. ”
‘It’s a secret’: The model, 43, sat at the airport with her fiancé Carl Woods, 31, her son Harvey, 19, and daughter Princess, 14 as they fled to a unknown place
Katie continued, “This is precisely why Harvey’s Law is once again so relevant, had we put in place the much-needed and legally required support channels to provide ID to set up on accounts. social media, then people like this Josh Chandler would. not being able to hide, target venerable people [sic].
“My heart goes out to all those touched by this crook’s deception. I promise you all that I will seek justice, ”Katie signed as she hopped on her overseas flight.
Representatives for the model told the MailOnline: “It has hit Katie hard, mentally she needs some downtime before embarking on the fight against these parasites that poach vulnerable and honest souls. ”
“I will demand justice”: Before her vacation, the model took the opportunity to set the record straight with her fans by posting a lengthy statement on her Instagram stories.
The statement comes after it was revealed that Katie’s Instagram followers had been swindled out of thousands of pounds by the rogue trader she promoted.
The model was paid to market the supposedly lucrative skills of Forex trader ‘Josh Chandler’ to his 2.6 million subscribers.
Kate Dalrymple, 40, a nurse from Newcastle upon Tyne, said she lost £ 825, or almost a month’s salary, because of the program.
She was guaranteed £ 1,250 if she transferred £ 100 but was later asked to pay a ‘discharge fee’ of £ 725 with the promise of receiving £ 4,000.
The nurse reported the scam to Action Fraud and at least five other people were tricked into sending money to the scam.
Katie Price’s team said the star was also duped and didn’t know it was a scam.
Devastating: Katie’s Instagram followers swindled thousands of pounds after promoting rogue trader, revealed
Online users have been warned about dishonest Forex traders who promise huge profits for small investments, but many do not have the accreditation or qualifications to offer these services which makes them illegal and means that aspiring customers risk seeing their profits plummet.
Forex trading allows you to speculate on how the strength of different currencies changes over time and buy and sell them against each other.
Ms Dalrymple told The Sun, “I feel so stupid. But I’ve always been a fan of Katie. I thought she was a good mother and was related to her.
“Now I feel so disappointed and embarrassed. How could she put her name on it?
The nurse said she saw Katie promote Josh on her Instagram stories and thought it was authentic.
She said: “My bank, Lloyds, even called me to report it looked like fraudulent activity but, again, because Katie Price approved it, I told them it was genuine. “
Once she realized what had happened, Ms Dalrymple messaged Katie on Instagram, but said she never received a response and was ‘disgusted’ by her behavior.
Katie has praised “Josh’s” services at least twice on Instagram Stories where she encouraged her followers to invest in order to generate a “secure income”.
Shocking: Kate Dalrymple (pictured), 40, a nurse from Newcastle upon Tyne, said she lost £ 825, almost a month’s salary, because of the scheme
The glamorous model is believed to have earned up to £ 3,000 each time she was promoted.
Last month, Katie said in an Instagram post still visible on “Josh’s” profile, “Hey guys, so I want to tell you about a friend of mine called Josh.
“He’s amazing at what he does and you might have heard of him or seen him on other media sites, if you want to get a safe and good new income…”
Lloyds says they are investigating the payment Ms Dalrymple made, but believe they will not be able to get her £ 825 back.
In his messages to ‘Josh’, he was asked to provide his bank details, date of birth and a copy of his driver’s license to open an account on crypto.com.
Oh my gosh: Katie has praised ‘Josh’s’ services at least twice on Instagram where she encouraged her followers to invest in order to earn a ‘secure income’ (pictured with Carl and Princess)
The mother of a child was then asked to transfer increasing sums of money.
She worried and asked for reassurance that this was not a scam, to which “Josh” replied, “Katie Price does not promote fraud.”
When Mrs Dalrymple became concerned and asked what happened to her money, “Josh” made vile threats to her four-year-old son, adding: “It is clear that you deserve to be ripped off, mother. racist **** r. ”
Posting sponsored content on Instagram without disclosing it using the hashtag #ad is prohibited, according to the Advertising Standards Authority, but Katie has not said that she is advertising the scam and that she was paid for it.
This is not the first time that Katie, who was declared bankrupt in 2019, has been promoting Forex traders online.
The star, who still has around £ 3.2million from creditors, endorsed the unauthorized trader’s XChloesWorld Instagram page six months ago.
Terrible: The model, 43, was paid to advertise the supposed lucrative skills of Forex trader ‘Josh Chandler’ to his 2.6 million followers (Josh’s Instagram post is pictured)
Financial authorities have asked to delete the account after an online backlash.
The Financial Conduct Authority has issued warnings about unauthorized traders on social media sites hiding behind fake profiles.
Katie’s spokesperson admitted that the reality TV star had benefited financially from the program, but was unaware it was a scam and said she had no idea of previous warnings from financial authorities.
She said: “Katie would never knowingly engage in a social media endorsement if it was questionable. This recent information left her devastated.
She added that Katie is also a victim and not the only celebrity targeted, with Too Hot to Handle star Nicole O’Brien also promoting the “Josh” scam.
Oops: Katie wasn’t the only celebrity targeted with Too Hot to Handle star Nicole O’Brien also promoting the ‘Josh’ scam