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Did your favorite celebrity reach out to you on social media?

Before you get too excited, are you sure it’s that person? Really sure? We’ve heard reports that scammers, who will try just about anything to separate you from your money, are now posing as celebrities on social media. They’re asking fans to send money for all kinds of supposed reasons – like claiming a prize, donating to a charity, or giving help of some kind. Some celebs do raise money for legitimate causes. But you want to be sure the cause—and the person asking you to support it—are real.

Imposter scams come in many varieties, but they all work the same way: a scammer pretends to be someone you trust to convince you to send them money. And that’s exactly what these celebrity imposters are trying to do.

So what should you do if a celebrity contacts you on social media and asks for money?

  • Slow down. Before you send money, talk with someone you trust.
  • Do some research: search online for the celebrity’s name plus “scam.” Do the same with any charity or cause they’re asking you to support—and learn more about charity scams here.
  • Never send money, gift cards or prepaid debit cards to someone you don’t know or haven’t met – even celebrities you meet on social media.
  • If you sent money to a scammer, contact the company you used to send the money (your bank, wire transfer service, gift card company, or prepaid debit card company). Tell them the transaction was a fraud. Ask the company to reverse the transaction, if it’s possible.
  • Report your experience to the social media site and to the FTC.

To learn more about imposter scams, visit FTC.gov/imposters.

Blog Topics: 
Money & Credit
Scam Tags:  Phishing Scams

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Best suggestion is don't ever give money out over the net. If someone ask you for money, tell them to send you a request thru the mail. They will never do it, at .50 cents they can't afford to.

I just ran across this!! It was on Twitter and the person was impersonating Pitbull the Latin singer! This guy wouldn't give up, but I didn't give any $!!! He would do personal messaging. It all went back to 1 site that I could figure out. Twitter doesn't help out with anything, they don't care! I took snapshots os all the conversations I could, even tweeted some, thinking that the real Pitbull, or someone he knew would see it by mentioning his name. Ahhh, guess their all in their own little world or something!
This person would get mean and a bit nasty when I wouldn't give $.

Also theres a Jim Carey imposter our there. Asking for iTunes cards. Trust ur gut.

Funny enough I'm chatting to jim carrey now hahaha I knew it wasnt, as why would he start chatting to me lol
Fake Twitter account

Hahaha I'm chatting to "jim carrey " right now ...

What chats online you used to scammer Jim Carrey .
Hangouts or IG?

This famous person is Timaya the Nigerian singer some one contacted me yesterday posing as him

Jim carrey imposter on instagram and hangout app,

Did he ask for anything?

I had a similar incident when I had 2 celebrity imposters reach out to me. They either were a single person doing this or a group of play Tom Hanks and Channing Tatum. It was too good to be true. I played along after becoming emotional. Celebrities don't reach out to personally other than a comment or two in public twitter. Never private messaging. This happened for about a week until they've asked me to buy them am amazon card/ itune card. Why would any celebrity ask for those cards when they got a lot of money. He said he was too afraid, stressed and depressed to go out and that he couldn't because of his fame. That maybe true, but I saw in Google news that someone spotted tom hanks and his lovely wife at a gas station pumping gas. That contradicts the scammer. Celebrities may or may not have much freedom, but when they do. They are approached in public by a person. Stressful but I feel manageable.

I just had a chat with "Tom Hank's" I'm not convinced its really him. Hasn't asked for anything..we talked about a few movies. I asked his wife's name..he said Rita. Which is right but anyone knows that. How do so know if it's him or scammer on Instagram?

It's simple. You ask him to send a photo Government ID at least.
no more than 1X24 hours during you have to chat with him.
After that, you can find out and cross-check that photo on Google.

I was new on Instagram I looked up Channing Tatum being a big fan I hearted his pics and made some comments next thing I knew I was getting private message from Channing saying thank you for the comments , likes and support and Im anytime im a big fan this went on for a few weeks next thing I know he is asking me if had a thing called hangout chat i told him no, i enjoyed are talks but than things got weird Channing was asking if i can support and send money for his charity for Orphans and also asking me to send him a calling card. i told him no i don't having any money and tried to glut me into it and ask me to trust him. this is still going on i know its a scam not sure what to do i would love to Tell the real Channing Tatum wants going on i know talking to him is out of the question . but i need help

Omg Melissa, thank you !!!!
I have my biggest crush on Mehdi Dehbi ( The Messiah ) I called him out as a scammer and he got so upset with me and it's been going on 2 months now and yes I got emotionally attached to all the sweet talk but then he asked me to cash a check that he needs sent to an Orphanage here in the US because he's apparently in the UK . I told him I can't do any money transactions due to a legal lawsuit I'm dealing with and he started with the guilt and that's when I got suspicious!

I had "Tyler Perry " talk to me on Instagram and he told me that he has a foundation called the Tyler Perry Foundation and that it helps orphans. To deposit around $200 to a bank and gave me a name of a person to deposit to. I called the bank and asked them about the person and they told me if I don't know the person I'm depositing to not to do it. Which I didn't once I got contacted by Tyler Perry he asked if I made the deposit and I told him no because the wouldn't let me. And I got contacted by his personal assistant and I know that scammers from Nigeria call females Ma all the time. I don't believe that it's actually Tyler Perry and he keeps saying that he's single and that he is moving on.

Be Careful. That's scammer always ask to donate money to orphanages at Nigeria. Fake orphanage

wow did he ask you to link with him on Google hangouts??

Have received calls allegedly from the IRS that we are to return a call to them at 516-303-8340 to avoid prosecution.

I’ve Had That Experience... Very Clever... But, I Know What Charities My Fav Support’s...& He Has One Of His Own

Recently there was one with Dwayne Johnson, asking people to click on a link to download a movie and in order to do so you have to enter your credit card number.

Wondering whether particular celebrities are being targetted. Did you get this appeal? Are you part of his fan club or something? Would love to interview you, if you didn't mind. Thanks!

You really should investigate the scams involving Elvis I know for a fact they ask for money and even nude pics I belong to a group on fb trying to expose all of them It's amazing how far they go And the people they hurt Please check into this

Beware of Donald Glover imposter - active on Messenger, asking for a $1.590 donation for the meet & greet session. His fake assistant Annabelle asks for ID details and sends payment details via email. They provide this addresses for Western Union purposes: 230 Ellis Ave, Irvington, NJ 07111

I’m getting messages from someone impersonating a celebrity

Who is your celeb? I hope I'm not getting scammed

Hello i think im getting scam because one of my favorite country singers message me on Instagram and he is asking me for money

I'm getting texts from a Peter Hernandez (Bruno Mars) asking for Western Union wire because supposedly the charity websites are having issues. Started out like it really was him, but now I think it's a hacker.

A good friend’s 22 year old daughter with Downs Syndrome is being scammed by “Peter Hernandez” aka Bruno Mars. He’s requested pre paid credit cards to fund a new studio. She’s at wits end because she’s is unable to convince her daughter this is fake.
Any suggestions on how to take this scam down?

That's so sad and just really a shame. May GOD continue to bless, protect, and keep your friend and especially her daughter, in JESUS' name. Amen. "Bruno Mars" has been trying to scam me, too. Thank You, LORD JESUS, that he revealed himself to me and more than one time. It's disappointing and embarrassing for me. I'm disappointed that it's not really him cuz I think he's so cute. And I'm embarrassed that, at first, I thought it was him. It's just really a shame how far some people would go for money.

My favorite country artist has been asking for money to help get his divorce for a year now that he’s been working on and says he finally got it and has tried a number of times to come see me in fact on his way tonight. She blocked him out of his account and finally after agile I loaned him 600 dollars to finalize his divorce. Calls me day and night from Nashville for over a year and just wondered if he had tried that with anyone else. I may be wrong but we are madly in love and says he’ll pay me back. Can’t repeat his name.

This country singer wouldn't happen to have a wife and 4 boys would he?

Is the country singer have two boys and his two nieces and nephew live with him and his wife

mine does we have the same one

Was it keith urban cause hes been messaging me saying he wants to buy me a house and come visit the usa never once asked me for money but hes wanting to buy me everything I think it's a fraud

I know what your going through. Look for the language imposters will text am going to the store. That is not southern and they will string u along until you say no more. Block them they are not who they say they are...

On Tweeter, followed by two pro golfers...the minute I announced on my feed, was unfollowed but not before the orivate message of...hello dear how are you. Now have a country star doing the same...wants my phone number so we can ‘chat better’. Hmmm, ok...NOT. Also have a US Army General on Words, right. Imposters should be fined and jailed imo

That sounds very much line a scan and the reason why I telling you this is because one of my favorite actors supposibly was sending me personal messages takes on instragram for like a week then all the sudden he was asking to donate to his charity, as far as in concerned celebrities are more likey to contact you first throw anything line Twitter insteam or fb asking for money I do truly believes they are imposters I know this because if you look at the account that's being used says private and theres no access in any info proving its them chances are it an imposter.. so sorry you've giving your money to this person they are scammers as far as I concerned anyone who claimed to say they truly love you would not be asking you for money they are just manipuaters. Stop any contact fro him you deserve real loves fron some who doesnt take advantage of you and your kindness

Which actor was this? Because I am going through this with one of my favorite actors too.

Hi Mdummies6. Which actor messaged you? I had someone pretending to be Jesse Lee Soffer from Chicago PD. I blocked him and he continues to call from other numbers. I blocked all numbers.

I think we had the same scammer

Celebrities NEVER ask for money. Don't be fooled. It's a scammer.
And why would they reach out to the average Jane doe anyway online?
What are you supposed to send? Amazone gift cards? Prepaid debit?

Always follow your gut. If something feels off it usually is. Don't believe these parasites.

I received an inbox on my twitter from 50/cent supposedly. Then he asked to go private on my hangout. Hasn't asked for money yet. But was wondering if this is a scam

whoaaaaaaaa…..same thing with me...……..

A man claiming he was Keith Urban and a man saying he was Garth Brooks,both contacted me,asked me to go on hangouts,then asked mor I tunes cards,and the Keith Urban dude claimed to love me,calling me his queen,baby,sweetheart,etc,sound familiar,then sorry ,you are being scammed and it's not your fav country star

Did he/they offer to help you out with money?

This is for the Help.me96, what country singer was it? Just asking in case they try to do that to me. Thank you.

I am on Instagram. Someone that said they were Kip Moore But spelled it different. (Kipp) they wanted me to send the $800.00 in stream wallet gift cards. I thought that was very odd. I knew it was fake. But the things he said was sweet. I know better. I still have all the texts. So if there is any further information I can help to stop this.

Would you mind sharing who the country music artist was, I think the same person has done this to me.

Was it George Strait? I have been contacted by 12 different ones & I hardly think he is duplicating himself!!! I have been able report some & they disappeared from Twitter. But they are clever & create new accounts. I have found at least 3 that are duplicates with different fan club names!! Watch out!!!!

Kate Williams dutches of York.
Wanted credit card no etc. gave it to them then cancelled credit card!

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