Oprah Winfrey has warned her fans about scammers who are impersonating her on Instagram.
The 63-year-old posted a video caption “fraud alert!” on her verified Twitter and Instagram accounts on Thursday (21Dec17) to warn her fans that fake accounts had been set up using her name, or the name of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), by scammers trying to solicit money or personal information from them.
“Hi, everybody, I just wanted you to know that somebody out there is trying to scam you using my name and my avatar on social media, asking for money if you sign up for an OWN account on Instagram,” she said in the video while standing in front of a Christmas tree.
“It’s a fraud, it’s a fraud, it’s a fraud,” she continued, singing the last “fraud”. “Don’t believe it. Don’t give up any of your bank accounts or personal information to anybody posing as me, or anyone else for that matter. And, have a Merry Christmas.”
A representative also posted on the OWN Twitter account: “Please be aware that social media accounts promising money using OWN and/or Oprah Winfrey’s name are false. We have notified the social media platforms who are working diligently to deactivate these accounts.”