ADAM Thomas has fallen victim to computer hackers who have demanded thousands of pounds after hijacking his restaurant’s Instagram page.
The ex Emmerdale star, 32, launched the popular eatery The Spinn last year and it was only just getting back on its feet after being impacted by the coronavirus and lockdown.
However, Adam has even more to worry about as cyber criminals have seized the restaurant’s page – which has 55,000 followers – and demanded money in order for him to get it back.
Desperate to be in control of his account once again, an upset Adam told his fans on social media: “Someone’s hacked our Spinn account!! And now trying to sell it back to us. What can I do!!! Not going to lie I’m gutted.”
He then decided to set up another account for the restaurant as he prepared to get the eatery back up and running on social media.
A source has revealed: “They wanted thousands and Adam wasn’t playing ball. It’s disgusting how someone people just want to feed off the success of others.”
The former soap star, who played Adam Thomas on the ITV serial drama, launched the The Spinn in Gatley near Manchester last year as part of a string of food businesses.
He’s also got sauce firm Oh My Glaze in the works with brothers Ryan, 36, and Scott, 32, the latter of which runs a PR firm.
Adam runs The Spinn with pal Scott Graham and now the pair have expanded as they launched Patty and Press burgers.
They’ve created a range of dipping sauces and marinades that they hope will make it to the supermarket shelves.
The product is aimed at the wraps and wings market and their masterplan includes selling their sauce not just across the UK but the entire world.
The brand – using the slogan Wrapin’ Up & Wingin’ It – was founded in Manchester by Adam’s The Spinn partner Scott as a street food business flogging wraps from a van in the city centre.
But now the brothers are investing in the firm despite the chaos the pandemic has caused.
An insider said: “The brand is Scott Graham’s baby but with the cash and profile from the Thomas brothers they believe they can take it to the next level and establish the brand as a household name.”