'Daddy came to the rescue!' Australian influencer Bella Varelis had to call her father for help after being 'scammed' by an ATM while on vacation in Italy. After losing all her holiday savings, her dad wired over some emergency funds, which allowed her to 'spoil herself' at a Dior store
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Influencer’s holiday hell as she’s unable to shop at Dior after being scammed by an ATM in Italy… before calling daddy to foot the bill: ‘He came to the rescue so I spoiled myself!’

An Australian influencer had to call her father for help after being ‘scammed’ by an ATM while on vacation in Italy.

Bella Varelis, 27, wasn’t able to splash out at a Dior store after a dodgy cash machine stole her holiday savings.

But her daddy ‘came to the rescue’ by wiring over some emergency funds, which allowed her to ‘spoil herself’, she proudly explained to her online followers.

'Daddy came to the rescue!' Australian influencer Bella Varelis had to call her father for help after being 'scammed' by an ATM while on vacation in Italy. After losing all her holiday savings, her dad wired over some emergency funds, which allowed her to 'spoil herself' at a Dior store

‘Daddy came to the rescue!’ Australian influencer Bella Varelis had to call her father for help after being ‘scammed’ by an ATM while on vacation in Italy. After losing all her holiday savings, her dad wired over some emergency funds, which allowed her to ‘spoil herself’ at a Dior store

The former Bachelor star, who is travelling through Europe with her boyfriend Will Stokoe, documented her ordeal on Instagram on Monday.

Ms Varelis told her 110,000 followers she’d been saving up for a lavish purchase but couldn’t get the items she desired after losing her money.

But luckily her father back home and was able to transfer cash at short notice, and she later shared a photo of herself trying on items at the Dior store.

‘I saved up so much before I left so I could spoil myself with something special on the trip, and then I got scammed by an ATM the other day and ended up feeling pretty disheartened,’ she explained. 

Splashing out: Ms Varelis said she'd been saving up for a lavish purchase but couldn't get the items she desired after losing her money. But luckily her father back home was able to transfer cash at short notice, and she later shared a photo of herself trying on items at the Dior store

Splashing out: Ms Varelis said she’d been saving up for a lavish purchase but couldn’t get the items she desired after losing her money. But luckily her father back home was able to transfer cash at short notice, and she later shared a photo of herself trying on items at the Dior store

Lovers abroad: Ms Varelis (right), who is travelling through Europe with her boyfriend Will Stokoe (left), documented her ordeal on Instagram on Monday

Lovers abroad: Ms Varelis (right), who is travelling through Europe with her boyfriend Will Stokoe (left), documented her ordeal on Instagram on Monday

Protective: Bella's father Steve made an appearance when she was on The Bachelor in 2020

Protective: Bella’s father Steve made an appearance when she was on The Bachelor in 2020

‘But dad ended up coming to the rescue so I decided to still spoil myself! And today is the day,’ she added. 

Before jetting to Italy, Ms Varelis and her boyfriend had spent time in Paris.

Last month, the former reality star revealed during an Instagram Q&A why she had taken a break from social media recently.

When a fan asked why she had been acting ‘distant’ on her social media platforms, she confessed she’d hit ‘rock bottom’.

Euro trip: Before jetting to Italy, Ms Varelis and her boyfriend had spent time in Paris

Euro trip: Before jetting to Italy, Ms Varelis and her boyfriend had spent time in Paris 

Ms Varelis said: ‘Honestly, I’ve been dealing with a lot of inner demons and I hit a really low point in the last couple of weeks.

‘There’s a lot of what I’ve been through I will keep to myself, but basically moving house for me was a huge positive change for me mentally, and I don’t even recognise the person I was at my last place and it all caught up to me.’

She said she’d been doing a lot of ‘work on herself mentally’, but added: ‘I have been the saddest I’ve ever felt in my life, but sometimes it takes you hitting rock bottom in order for you to work your way back up.’

If you or anyone you know is struggling, contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue

'Rock bottom': Last month, the former reality star revealed during an Instagram Q&A why she had taken a break from social media recently. Ms Varelis confessed she'd been 'dealing with a lot of inner demons' recently and needed time to herself

‘Rock bottom’: Last month, the former reality star revealed during an Instagram Q&A why she had taken a break from social media recently. Ms Varelis confessed she’d been ‘dealing with a lot of inner demons’ recently and needed time to herself

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