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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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Did he try to video chat you and you saw him?

He just video chatted me on hangouts. I know it is fake. When i ask personal info he doesn't answer. He side steps. He wouldn't speak on the video. It was impressive. But I am not falling for it.

There are several impostors pretending to be Keith Sweat . Watch out for that! Keith Sweat is NOT a foreigner, nor does he live in Nigeria. The impostor's English is atrocious as hell, on the phone, and in a text message. Do not fall for it!!!

You are so right Keith Sweat has a lot of them on his page

3 years ago I was scammed by a imposter celebrity RnB Artist Keith Sweat November 1,2017 and he told me he was in love with me and he could help me out of I send him $723.00 wired it Western Union he would put his fake Lawyer $1,2000 on my Debit card when that day came he kept on texting me asking me did you send that I lived to my daughter and told her I had to paid my life insurance when seconds turn to minutes and then hours no money back he lied to me he use me when I was so vulnerable at that time I lost everything because what this fake wanna be Keith Sweat did to me 3 years ago please this is the truth on everything I love on God knows what I went through!

He is contacting me right now..i just came here to look this up thanks sis 2020. Been taking for a few days even tried a video chat that i couldn't hear could just see his face . probably video clips of the real Keith sweat. What a shame they are doing this in his name. Person has a texas number Keith lives in GA. And never calls just text messages lots of them!! Hes consistent just not keith sweat.

Vin Diesel imposter hit me up a few days ago on Twitter. After 1 1/2 days of sending me msgs....ended up trying to convince e he’d like to meet me in person but I’d need to pay his management team for a meet & greet ticket in order to meet in person.
Then I realized - it was an imposter simply trying to scam money out of me. Said no!

I got an email like that for Jared Leto, says to pay airline ticket and everything through management. Then got email from that company with the prices of all of it.

I am going through this now with “ Kevin Costner” it’s so sad because it seems real . Even sent a copy of his passport for proof of identity which seemed so legit . But yes in order to meet him ( since he’s going through a divorce but not announced in the media yet , excuses for everything ) I have to pay his management for a meet and greet . They really prey on women’s dreams of being loved by an “ impressive” man. Beware this only happens in the movies ...

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.

Got this guy's fake Instagram account blocked but will probably start another.

Did this Vin Diesel person try to video chat you? My mom is on hangout and she said she is friends with Vin Diesel and she said he video chatted her and that's how she knows it's really him. I am on edge because I don't think any famous person would be on hang outs. I am just curious if there is a way to make it look like she video chatted Vin Diesel but it was actually a scammer!

my wife is getting messages from messenger clamming that he is Chris hemsworth and he is selling vip tickets for men in black why would Chris hemswoth do this.

He wouldn't be asking for money, and neither would any of the rich singers or actors. They are worth millions. Many of the imposters want you to join Hangouts rather than talk on Messenger. I don't know why. Don't believe any of them and don't send anyone money over the internet or by Money cards, etc.

Even the blue ticked accounts which are supposed to be the real celebrities accounts someone on there who said he was Leonardo DiCaprio asked me to message him on hangouts then he wrote me love poems told me I was beautiful asked for money for flight from Germany to England in March or April of this year he also wanted me to book a 5 star hotel and when I said I couldn't afford to pay 1000 for first class he asked me to pay £600 I said no I cant afford that so he said pay £500 and then he said me to get him some gift cards instead he also said he was in love with me and was saying he wanted to marry me wanted to buy me a purple wedding dress when I said to him I couldn't get him card he stopped messaging me . Then I was messaged by somone on the marked Leonardo DiCaprio foundation page asked me to send money to foundation he also asked me to message him on hangouts told me he was really Leonardo DiCaprio and that I was beautiful and said that if I gave money to his foundation for orphans he would marry me if I say no he gets angry if you dont give money tries to tell me I dont care about orphans if i dont give money.

I even had had someone on private account
Leonardo DiCaprio hk on instagrame asking for steam cards was asking for flight fare as well to being with them asked for 2 steam cards £200 worth if not he wanted me to get google play cards swears he is Leonardo DiCaprio bes nasty when you dont get them. He said he wanted to marry me? And theres was another one on instagrame chatwithleonardodicaprio online he wants to send me 15,000 and some other things clothes jewellery told I'd have to pay a fee of £745.12 for delivery charge crazy.

I forgot to mention that I was scammed of £6000 Jan or feb of this year by somone saying they were Leonardo DiCaprio

Do you have more info on this scam I have a friend that actually said they met with Leonardo and I am concerned it was some impersonating him

I had Leonardo Decaprio video chat me on hangouts and then I told him I did not believe it was him so he told me he would come to see me in LA while I was there. A week later someone contacted me via Instagram from his foundation and said I won $300k and if I pay a insurance fee I will get the money. I did stupidly and now the money is gone and they said they will give me the money in 2 months. I know this is a scam and I fell hard for it

How he made a fake video chat?!!

What is the Hangouts I'd? I think the same guy is trying to do me the same way.

I had the same thing happen to me. Guy saying he's Marvin Sapp, says his bank accounts are frozen due to investigations. Hes trying to get a briefcase sent to him that has all his money from his shows in it. He keeps coming back requesting money after he gets a fan to send him an amount. What's crazy, he says he has an agent. The account ID for his agent is one that I've seen on his account making comments to his post.

The Marvin Sapp scam is still going on in 2020. The catch phrase is the same, (frozen bank account pending investigations). Only he's asking for money via Cashapp, PayPal, etc. The funds requested are allegedly for various reasons. He's asked for money for his foundation; to help a friend of his late wife; and money for his kids. What's even more bizarre, is that his son is "allegedly" asking for money too. The platform being used is Google Hangouts.

You send messages on hangout app it's a social app

Im so glad i just read this my mother in law actually just told me today the shes been video chatting with vin diesel too and im trying to explain to her this has got to be a scam...

I have just been video chatting with Vin Diesel
How can you tell if it's really him

THIS IS HAPPENING TO MY FRIEND AS WE SPEAK...VIN TOLD HER THAT HE IS IN LONDON FILMING F&F 9 AND NEEDS MONEY BECAUSE HE CAN'T USE HIS CREDITS CARDS OVER THERE.HE ALSO TOLD HER THAT HE IS SINGLE AND NOW RAISING HIS KIDS ON HIS OWN...HE HAS VIDEO CHATTED WITH HER....I TOLD HER IS A SCAM....HOPEFULLY HE GETS CAUGHT

Yes, this is happening to me right now! He claims he's on the set of FF9 in Scotland. I was suspicious from the start and played along just to see where this was headed. I got the original direct message from Instagram. I challenged him to prove he was him and he said he could call but only on Google Hangouts and not IG because of privacy issues. Curious, I wanted to see if he really would send a video. I was with my friend and we called him together directly. Sure enough there was video of Vin Diesel but I was in a noisy restaurant and I couldn't hear his voice. He got mad at me for "sharing" the video and wanted "our conversation to be secret." I ignored him. A few hours later he kept texting me and I again asked him to show himself via video and this time he said he was too famous a celebrity and his manager would be angry so he needs to keep it secret. I wikied Vin Diesel and tried to trap him by asking questions about his movie history. He knows a lot about Vin on the surface but when you ask for more specific knowledge he sidesteps and answers in very vague terms. Anyhow, I couldn't figure out where all this was leading. I knew it was a scam but trying to figure out what the ask would be. What could a celebrity possibly ask for? So glad I found this page because it makes that he would ask for a charity donation. He hasn't gotten that far yet but now I know and can block and report him!

I had someone video chat me a celebrity. I believed it to now I am not so sure because there is an app called manycam that will allow them to call you but replace a video of someone famous. They will disconnect the call and try again to disconnect but then start texting you to say the reception is really bad. This guy did tell me it was nice to meet me. I have been trying to find that video on line to see if there is one of this actor saying nice to meet you but they can take something out of a movie and clip it. This world is so deceptive that I am just about to the point of being a recluse. I mean the guy is THE most sought after star on the planet. What would he want with a person who is so ordinary. I wish but unfortunately they only want to text so I am out. I have to feel the presence of a human.

Which actor is this ?

I’m asking same question for same reason - did your Mum get asked to pay him anything ?

yes some guy got my wife on hangout that were all the scammers tell you to go my wife thinks she best friends with Chris hemsworth
it got so bad l had to move out .

My wife got contacted by Leonardo DiCaprio foundation and was told she won 400k and they sent her money to bank in Germany . She told them she did not believe them and the asked if she wanted to meet him. She connected via a google hangouts and was amazed it was him or she thought. He then told her he could transfer the money to a US bank account if she paid the taxes. We live LA and he said if she wanted they could meet. Not being very smart she said yes and I arrived home when he was arriving there. Yes he look a lot like him but it was so quick and they saw me and took off. So far we have lost 20k and he keeps texting her and people from the foundation of his, not sure how to stop it

I'm getting a message from Vin diesel on words with friends , giving me his email address on hangouts I did not add him on yet not sure if its real or a scammer , he said thats the only way he can prove to me his real

My daughter so called video chatted with vin diesel also. Said it was real that she really was speaking to him. Trying to convince her its a scam since she was asked to send $800 worth of Steam cards and made her send them to an email address. Unfortunately she believed him and sent the game cards to an email and thinks she is getting $80,000 for doing this. Please don't send anybody that asks for money, gift cards, or game cards. IT'S ALL A SCAM!!!!!!

My daughter was just scammed of a video chat with so called Vin Diesel and supposely asked her to send $800 worth of Stream gift cards. She really believed it was him and insisted she is gonna be with him and he will send $80,000 cash if she sends a copy of these cards to an email with the back of the cards scratched off for use of the card. People, there is no such thing as celebrities going with plain janes. Please don't send anybody anything or give them any of your information to them. You will be sorry in the end.

Hi.. I also have Vin Diesel on hangouts he wants to give me a fan card but I'm so scared he has his agent Barista Steve Ruben contact me also on hangouts I think this is all fake I don't know Vin Diesel contacted me on tiktok... I'm wondering if this is a scam...

This happened to me recently. The person contacts you through Instagram and then tells you that the app Hangouts would be a lot safer to chat on. Then he says he stumbled across your profile and that he chose you. Then he professes his love for you and says that he wants to be with you. Then he won't leave you alone!! All the while claiming to be Vin Diesel. It's terrible.

Can I get hangouts ID that person (Vin Diesel's scammer)?
I want to play a game with that person and arrest that person

Same here Keanu Reeves video chat me

Just thus very morning I was followed on Twitter by none other then Keanu Reeves. The video chat looked like him. He’s asking me for an iTunes card. REALLY!!

They did to me too, video call that its pretending its keanu, but the video was delayed, and the way he speak to me was delayed too.
They asking me a money.
But he think that i believe him. He dont stop trying to call me, and message me, but i ignore him.
Be very careful.

He's on Scrabble go and gives his WhatsApp number as +1(914)846-8690

Did Keanu send you photos?

Yes I also was contacted by “Keanu Reeves “on Instagram. We talked for a few days. I got the whole bit, you know your beautiful, I love you , a lot of poems. I was always suspicious so I kept checking the internet to see exactly where the real Keanu was. The fake told me he was at his Hollywood home. The real Keanu was really in Germany filming his next movie. He tried to get me to pay $ 1000 for a meet and greet. So I sent him one heck of a message back. But can you believe he still wanted to talk to me and be my friend. What nerve.

I have a Keanu Reeves that responded to a fan page I responded to over past few days. Convinced me to open a hangout page. Then called me on it. Did not sound like him. When I cancelled my hang out account he found me on messenger. Then sent a copy of a fake i.d.

I also changed with somebody who claimed he was Vin Diesel. We had video chats and I though it was really him. He showed my his children . Very soon he told me he is deeply in love with my and proposed my to be his wife. But firstly I have to make it possible to organise he visiting to the country I am living at. That was about meet and greet. I had to settle it with his management team. I sent e mail to his management and I have got from them I have to pay 15000 Euro's for his stay in my home country. I told that I could not afford it . But he insisted on meeting with my and told my I have to do everything possible to make meet and greet possible because he had made all arigement and promised his children to come visit me. He told me to pay and he would pay me back on arrival. ..I said to him I could not afford and blocked him.

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