FLEETWOOD’S former boxing champ Jane Couch was targeted by hackers who stole her identity and tried to swindle cash from her friends.
Jane, who was a five times world champion and received an MBE, said the villains took over her e-mail account and sent a bogus message, claiming to be from her, urging people to send money.
Worried pals were told she was stuck in Spanish capital Madrid after being robbed at gunpoint.
In the message, “Jane” begged for money so she could fly home.
But it turned out to be a callous con trick, forcing her to freeze her bank account and change her e-mail address.
The ex-boxer, known as the Fleetwood Assassin and now working as a successful boxing promoter and manager in Bristol, was staying with her mum in Fleetwood when she found out about the e-mail.
As the tricksters e-mailed her contacts with the fake cash plea, one of her worried pals transferred £10,000 to Jane’s bank account, which has had to be shut down.
She said: “They hacked into my Facebook and Twitter accounts and know my bank details.
“It’s an absolute nightmare.”
Jane said she had been inundated with phone calls asking if she was all right and offering to help her. She added: “It’s a good job that most of my mates phoned me before they sent anything, but one has sent me £10,000 to my account.”
Jane has spent the past 15 years in Bristol, moving over to the West Country to train with Tex Woodward at the Spaniorum Gym justn outside the city.
She became Britian’s first professional women’s boxer after winning a sex discrimination battle with the British Boxing Board of Control over its refusal to grant her a licence.
And once Jane turned pro, she enjoyed a spectacular international career at light welterweight.
Her incredible triumph, which saw her become the most successful female pro boxer Britain has ever produced, was recognised in 2008 when she was made an MBE for services to sport.
A household name, she guested on the Michael Barrymore and Frank Skinner chat shows.
Retiring from the sport, Jane used her contacts to good effect in boxing promotion, and has worked in that capacity with another ex-world champ from the North West, Ricky Hatton.