Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages it is that time again! You may be wondering what time I am referring to well, I am referring to the time that some celebrity has to come out to let us all know that scammers are taking money from their fans and everyone needs to be on alert with who they talk to on social media. That’s right, it seems those pesky scammers have struck another fandom this time, it is those who practice the art of fandom in the temple of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Not too long ago on Facebook, everyone saw the money scam involving the use of Tyler Perry floating around. The one where if you share the status “x” amount of times then Tyler was going to give away “x” amount of money (around $10,000) to a random person that shared. That scam seemed to have drug on and on for about a year before any direct attention from Tyler himself was seen. Apparently, the sharing of the page finally made its rounds and reached Tyler because back in July of this year, Tyler Perry made a video and posted on all social media to let fans know he was giving away no money and that fans should always question any situation that doesn’t come directly from Tyler himself.
Well here we are, the start of September and it seems that those no-good scammers are up to it again. It seems that on Facebook, there were/are unknown individuals going around using Dwayne Johnson’s likeness and name to friend users then crawl right into their private messages and request money in exchange for “free” items. Unfortunately, before fans could race to alert Johnson of the scam, it seemed that some fans did fall prey to the scam. Once Johnson was made aware that some of his fans were duped into paying money to these scammers, he took to Twitter and Instagram in a video to set the record straight.
Johnson states, “Sorry if you’ve been affected by these fake Facebook accounts asking for $$ or worse yet, actually engaged with them enough to send money in. There has been a ton of fake impostors setting up fake Facebook accounts in my name asking you guys for money and in return promising fresh cash and cars”, he states in his video posted on Twitter and Instagram. Johnson goes on to have, a few four lettered words regarding the people who have done this to his fans, however, his initial message to his fans is very clear, “Be vigilant, be smart, question it, report it.”
These types of scams seem to come and go at a higher frequency than usual now. With so many social media platforms, it can be very easy to get confused and also excited if notified that a celebrity has started to follow you. The best thing you can do is take the advice of Johnson Johnson and be vigilant and smart about who you communicate with and what you decide to give them.
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Sorry if you’ve been affected by these fake facebook accounts asking for $$ or worse yet, actually engaged with them enough to send money in.
Hey I get it, sometimes when we’re broke and… https://t.co/7RVjHMQuNe
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 2, 2018