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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.

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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 ...

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?

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?

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

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

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

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.

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

It's this fake austin mahone account that was asking me to buy him a amazon gift card so he can help his charity homes, but I was trying to trick him by using a fake information account so he can leave me alone about it

I had a Jon Bon Jovi imposter asking me to send money via PayPal to help a homeless person. That after months of talking. I never believed 100% but being a fan you end up giving the chat a go. After months he started to ask for money to ‘prove’ my love and even after I found out who it was and confronted her she still insisted I was wrong.

I also was contacted by twitter by Jon Bon Jovi scam and was asked to continue conversation over hangouts. Over a month of getting to know each other was suggested a meet and greet through his management. Through that time he told me he was in a loveless marriage and had been searching his whole life for someone who really loved him for himself . He convinced me he had fallen in love with me. When the meet and greet didn’t happen I was told his wife found out and was getting a divorce and all assets where frozen. Needed my help to get his divorce so we could be together. Even though I kept seeing social media of them together he convinced me these where only social obligations he had to do until his divorce was finalized. For a full year every doubt ever question he answered and it seemed logical. I am ashamed to say I feel for it and are out a lot of money trying to help him get his divorce to be with me. But what’s worse is I fell in love with a lie a scam someone pretending to be him. Everything you read on here is how they work and manipulate you by playing on your emotions and desire for it to be real. Don’t fall for it because you’ll only end up with your money stolen and your heart broken.

Same thing happened to me recently. Claiming to be Alexander Dreymon and even insisted for Video call to prove he was not fake. He asked for my number saying so we can exchange messages on WhatsApp app..Seems too good to be true alright and same with you..He Started bluffing and saying he admires me and wanted to be with me .after. While he proposed that he has this investment and he needs some extra money to win this said project..even promising to come over if I donate $3000 dollars.. they're really good into convincing that the are real..I don't even know how he made it so realistic when I saw Alexander Dreymon on video call..(but the video was blurry and I can't hear a word). It didn't stop and keeps on insisting that I send money so he can close the deal.And I almost fell for it..lesson learned.

I have had person say he was Leonardo DiCaprio ask me for gift cards steam gift cards or Google gift cards and ask for money for flight fare from germany to England about april of this year wanted me to book a 5 star hotel as well

Did this person every want to send you their check to hold until you could meet or send it to you in your name and then go with you to cash it since his funds were frozen???

Thank you so much for posting this, Lori! You have really, really helped my cousin. She is a longtime Bon Jovi fan and had commented on some of his instagram pics and somehow, someone posing as Jon himself contacted her and said all of the right things. This was only about two weeks ago. It was the exact same thing, said they had to switch to Hangouts, the messages were very convincing at first. Then in my opinion, once she was "hooked," they passed her off to someone who spoke much less English because it started sounding like a foreigner talking, and clearly they were setting her up to "help" with a fake charity cause by sending money. The cause was a new orphanage in Turkey. Sent her pics of pitiful children, etc. Thanks again, Lori, for posting this so we could easily identify the same pattern at work. My cousin deleted her Hangout account and is safe now.

I have had contact with a person who claims to know Jon Bon Jovi and a bunch of weird stuff to go along with it has eventually come out however this person first said to me....I have never really been loved for who I am which set off bells with me. I was wondering what email this person was using and if the email has both Jon’s and his wife’s name in it? Thank you!

Same to me.
I want to know what email address that fake celebrity was using as scammer Jon Bon Jovi?

Actor asks me to contact his manager to pay for a pass ( there are three passes each pass a different price) If I get one of these passes I can go and visit him
Fake???

Was it Henry Cavill and his lawyer, Martins Hoffman?

I was recently scammed by someone claiming to be John Mayer! Because of the fact that I was under sedation due to recent hip surgery, I was dumb enough to send $7000 for a shipment which I am now fighting PayPal and AMEX to please get back for me as I realized - once I got off the medication what had happened to me!

Yes recently a family member had a facebook friend alert them they received a facebook message from IRS and they needed monies to keep my family member from prison to please send money! we have the phone number if need be ...

I have this same problem with a person claiming to be Agnetha Falstkog from ABBA.Constantly telling me about impersonators and now wants a security word.Her profile on Twitter says she was born in Stockholm,Sweden but her IMBD says she was really born in Jonkoping,Smaland,Sweden.

has the same thing ask me that on fb

They are also using wrestlers. The Big Show, John Cena and Roman Reigns

I’ve been scammed by a chinese dating app for $40,000 USD. I did not make those transactions but my bank still told me i am responsible for the bill. I have a police report and i put a freeze on all three credit bureau. What can i do now? Help me please.

What is the name of the dating app, and what is the fullname of the man

What is the name of the dating app

I had a friend request from one of our favorite music artists. I unwisely friended it on facebook, then came to mind to check out the site. It turned out to be a new facebook account with some questionable characters.. Unfriended real fast!

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