Coronation Street’s Will Mellor targeted by gang who stole his identity and laundered £10k in his name

WILL Mellor was down more than £10,000 after a gang stole his identity to launder the cash in fake bank accounts.

The actor, who is currently starring as bad boy Harvey in Coronation Street, told how the savvy criminals had tracked his postman to get his personal details.

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Speaking to Ralph Little, 41, on their Two Pints podcast, referring to the show on which they both starred Will, 45, told how he had taken the matter into his own hands.

The soap star explained: "It was only a year and a half ago. A lovely lady who lives opposite across the road said, 'I just want to let you know there’s been a strange person going into your mail box'.

"So I checked my CCTV and there’s this lad, he put his hand in my letterbox and took something out.

"He’s following the postman. They’ve robbed my identity and they’ve opened bank accounts in my name."

Yet bringing the culprits to task wasn't so easy.

Will, who chased the individuals down the road in his car, added: "Do you know what I had to go through to prove who I was?

"They could open the account online, but for me to prove who I was and go in and close the account I had to jump through hoops."

The former Hollyoaks star and the authorities managed to get the fake bank accounts closed and, thankfully, his money was all recovered.

It has been a tough time for the northern performer who was left bedridden and in crippling pain after a severe reaction to his coronavirus jab.

He also told how recent family tragedies had left him under a "cloud" of dizzy spells and blurred vision.

The actor, who joined the ITV soap this year, has been grieving for his dad Bill, who died last April within two weeks of being told he had a brain tumour.

He then lost his Uncle Barry before Christmas and his Uncle George and Aunt Pat within days of each other – who died from the same cancer that killed his dad.

Corrie newbie Will, who plays villain Harvey, explained: "It was just unbelievable.

"I felt everything come flooding back from what happened with Dad.

"I was back in a cloud again."

Will recently revealed he was wearing dad Bill's ring as a tribute to him while filming scenes.

"I wear his ring and I look at it and think about him," Will told the Daily Star. 

"I've even got my dad's ring into my character on Coronation Street so he's with me all the time on the show."



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