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William Shatner has issued a serious warning to fans amid a scammer imitating him online.
The Star Trek legend urged Trekkies (hardcore fans of the iconic sci-fi series) to “stay safe” after he learned that many have been targeted by an account pretending to represent him online.
Taking to Instagram, he shared a post from someone claiming she had been hired by him and was encouraging fans to send the account direct messages.
Under a snap of the post, the 92-year-old actor wrote: “Please stay safe. I was alerted to this person messaging fans on my behalf. I will say this again for the umpteenth time that NO ONE is representing me online.
“I don’t hire people to contact people individually. I don’t have a VIP Card that gets you a personal one-on-one video call with me, etc…
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“This person below is a scammer pretending to protect you from scammers.”
The scammer’s grammatically-poor message had stated in part that the star had “personally hired me to enlighten all his fans on the issue of impersonation… send [me] a direct message.”
This isn’t the first time the Hollywood star has had to reach out to warn fans about scams.
Back in 2018, He issued a similar warning on Facebook, writing: “There’s a Scam going around in Facebook messenger that you receive a message from me that links back to my page and I ask you for money to ship you signed items.
“It seems that someone has hacked messenger because my page cannot send messages and I’m reasonably certain that my page has not been hacked.”
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William joins an army of stars who have used their social media platforms in recent times to bring awareness of the rampant grift to their followers.
Last September Johnny Depp’s reps told fans that “quite convincing” scammers have set up social media accounts pretending to be him and offering meet and greets for money.
This August, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden issued a warning to her followers after exposing a similar scam and shared a screenshot of the fake profile on Instagram.
While just a few days ago, Saturday’s star Una Healy alerted her followers of a fake account using her name to try and scam people.
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