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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? tricked out of £5million by cheating gang

The Sun

TV QUIZ CON

WHO Wants To Be A Millionaire? was tricked out of £5million by a cheating gang.

They found out the questions used to pick contestants and gave their own applicants the answers.

And once on the ITV show, the gang gave their contestants a quiz expert for the Phone A Friend option.

Producers believe the scam netted ten per cent of the £50million prize money paid out from 2002 to 2007.

The con was revealed during research into new ITV drama Quiz about Major Charles Ingram, who cheated his way to £1million in 2001 by having a pal cough when the correct answer was read out.

Quiz writer James Graham said: “One pound in every £10 given away went to this cheating operation.”

Quiz will be screened on Easter Monday.

Ingram is not thought to have been part of the gang.

Trailer for new ITV drama Quiz starring Michael Sheen and Matthew Macfadyen

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