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Katie Price has been left "devastated" as her fans were reportedly scammed of thousands of pounds after the model promoted an alleged rogue trader.
The mum-of-five, 43, was paid to promote the "investor" and "mentor" to her 2.6million Instagram followers, according to The Sun.
However nurse Kate Dalrymple, 40, from Newcastle upon Tyne, told the publication how the former glamour model should pay her £825 after she reportedly lost out on almost the entirety of her £1,140-a-month salary.
Speaking to The Sun, Kate said: "I feel so stupid. But I was always a fan of Katie’s. I thought she was a good mother and related to her.
She continued: "My bank, Lloyds, even called me to flag that it looked like fraudulent activity but, again, because Katie Price had endorsed it, I told them it was genuine.
“I messaged Katie once I realised what had happened but she didn’t reply. I’m devastated – and disgusted by her behaviour."
The nurse, who has a four year old son, has claimed to have reported the incident to Action Fraud and at least another five followers have been tricked, according to the publication.
"Josh Chandler" reportedly told Kate to transfer £100 and guaranteed that the nurse would receive £1,250 in return. Kate sent the money to the "investor" and was told to pay a "release fee" of £725 with £4,000 in return.
In response to the news, Katie's representative told Daily Star that the TV personality has been left "devastated" as she had no idea it was a scam.
“Katie would never knowingly engage in a social media endorsement if it were questionable. This recent information has left her devastated," her spokesperson said.
She continued: “It’s not only her loyal supporters and fans who have been deceived but she, herself, is a victim of a professional organisation. Katie is not the only celebrity to have been targeted.”
The Instagram account, named Josh Chandler, has 105,000 Instagram followers and the bio reads: "Investor. Mentor. Changing Lives. DM to get started. Available From 7:00am – 11:00pm. Full Time Forex Trade."
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A highlight on the page shows Katie speaking about the "investor" in an Instagram story. She said: "Hey guys so I want to tell you about a friend of mine called Josh. He is amazing at what he does and you may have heard about him or seen him on other media sites.
"If you are interested in securing a new, safe and good income from home…"
However, "Josh Chandler" nor Katie follow each other on Instagram.
Kate was reportedly asked to send her bank details, birthdate and a copy of her driving licence to open an account with crypto.com.
The messages, obtained by The Sun, show Kate telling "Josh Chandler" that she is "only an NHS nurse and can't afford to lose money".
He replied: “Yes you definitely won't lose any money, this is guaranteed," while in another message, "Josh Chandler" said: "And Katie Price does not promote fraud."
Lloyds are reportedly investigating the incident but believe that they may not be able to retrieve Kate's £825.
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