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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 $.

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

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’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.

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!

I once received an email stating that they had hacked my webcam and recorded inappropriate videos of me and if i do not pay them via bitcoin they will post the videos online. They even had one of my old passwords- I think I had used it on ebay. So I responded to the email and told them that I do not know how bitcoins work and they should send me their paypal address so I can send money. They never responded. If they did, I would have reported to FTC right away. It is much easier to track such scammers if we have their paypal address.

I agree paypal is the best.If there is a problem they will call me right away.

That was an automated email using harvested creds from old breaches, you have nothing to worry about.

I AM BEING SCAMMBED RIGHT NOW ON SEVERIAL OF MY ACCOUNTS THIS IS ONE OF THEM

I am receiving a lot of requests on Instagram for celebrity impostors for Vin Diesel and the country singer Chris Young. They want a credit card and they say they will pay off your debt. Then they want you to take out a cash advance on your card and send it through Walmart to the charity organization. They also ask you to get iTunes cards as well. These impostors are very clever and resourceful.

I'm getting them from Toby Keith and they are quite knowledgeable of him. They send photos of his family and say he's divorcing his wife. Starting a new charity for children.

I just got one from Vin Diesel...haha. Sure. Asked for ITunes card and donation to some charity address in Florida that turned out to be an empty house. When I protested the iTune card, got miffy and ended up blocking me and telling to go, well..somewhere hot! LOL! I blocked him too. Wow! It was intense, and looking back at it I now wonder why I didn't twig sooner. This guy was good..lots pics etc. Bad, bad, bad!

I have been fighting off imposters for romance interest and charities of Toby Keith Covel, Toby Keith, Country A-lister since January. Yes, I'm a fan and member of his fan club. Asking for donations as a charter member for building a new homeless children home in South Carolina or Oklahoma where his present charity is located. Is very knowledgeable of Toby Keith includes personal photos as well.

I get them from Toby Keith imposters. 2 or 3 every other day on Messenger, Facebook, and Instagram. Starting new charity. Very personal photos are sent too, of family. They claim to be divorcing his wife.

When I get these calls I simply say, "Who the hell is he/she?" 99% of the time they hang up. Guess they don't want to explain or don't want to waste time because they have to get to the next party right away.

Someone is impersonating Vin Diesel, sends pictures from Vin Diesels Instagram page, is very knowledgeable about his private life, tells you he loves you and a few days later asks for $20,000 as his bank declined card do to wrong IP address, gets angry when you say know and you really don’t care, later he comes back with an agent friend lent him $10,000 and could I send the rest. Refused so he ask how much can I send, he would repay me double and was good for it. He uses Facebook as Vincent Mark Sinclair and Skype as vincent.diesel5. Please catch this guy as he is hurting the name of a good man and scamming older women.

I was scammed just recently on social media from a individual claiming to be a celebrity rapper TI Harris. Meanwhile the imposter claim if his fans/supporters donate he will personally send $5,000 in either money gram or Western Union. So I donate $100.00 in which he gave me a false money gram number. The website on social media looks so real and he mention some individuals that he knew in my hometown. I reported the incident to Money Pak fraud investigation department and they told me that since I gave them the information then therefore; the business cannot refund my money back. Money completely lost and I am assured that the imposter is scamming more individuals out there on social media.

In instagram every day increases the number of Keanu Reeves asking for money for the most varied situations, I think Instagram needs a privacy policy, just like facebook has.

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