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Eamonn Holmes helps 92-year-old scam victim get £7,500 back thanks to secret millionaire

Viewers in tears as Betty gets her money back

A kind-hearted millionaire was so moved by a frail 92-year-old  conned by telephone fraudsters that he has given her the £7,500 she lost.

Entrepreneur Joe Fournier was backstage during last week’s Do the Right Thing with Eamonn and Ruth when he heard Betty’s agonising story.

And Channel 5 viewers were moved to tears when Eamonn Holmes, who hosts the show with wife Ruth Langsford, surprised the pensioner by introducing her to Joe on last night’s show.

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Millionaire Joe (Credit: Channel 5)

The multi-millionaire told her: “I was sitting backstage last week and I heard your story and I just couldn’t let it go.

“I haven’t really been able to sleep thinking about what those people did to you and I found out the banks wouldn’t give you the money back.

“That made me extremely sad and I thought it was very unfair. So I wanted to rewrite the script and personally give you back the £7,500 that you lost.”

Betty is overwhelmed at Joe’s generosity (Credit: Channel 5)

Shaking her head in disbelief, Betty said: “I’m overwhelmed. For every vile person that has no conscience about how they treat their fellow beings, there is generally a multitude of people who are good and kind and generous.”

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Viewers were outraged last week when Betty told how she became the victim of a “vishing” scam. But they were overjoyed at Joe’s generosity.

Eamonn introduces Joe (Credit: Channel 5)

* Do the Right Thing with Eamonn and Ruth concludes next Thursday at 10pm on Channel 5.