Beloved media personality Tracy Grimshaw has issued a public warning to her fans and followers about a scam that is fraudulently using her name and image to deceive people.
The advertisement featured a doctored photograph, depicting Grimshaw holding a packet of ‘keto gummies’ with a cheerful expression.
The fraudulent ad includes a fabricated quote falsely attributed to Grimshaw, endorsing the effectiveness of the diet pills.
“A friend just told me about this dodgy gummies ad. Please don’t be taken in by it, it’s a scam,” she wrote.
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Grimshaw’s fans were taken aback by the fraudulent activity, expressing their surprise at the exploitation of the renowned journalist’s image and name.
“They are using so many celebrities for this BS its getting out of hand ???? You’d think they’d be able to do something about it, but the platforms don’t care,” one fan wrote.
“Oh goodness this scam getting you now.”
“What creeps they are. You should take them to court. Miss you on Current Affair.”
“Oh god there still at it I think they did the same to Chrissy Swan,” another commented.
Grimshaw isn’t the only high-profile figure whose image has been used in fraudulent schemes.
Former Sunrise host David ‘Kochie’ Koch was recently caught up in the centre of an onslaught of “out of control” scams.
At the time, the TV presenter took to his Instagram page to share his frustration and warn people of the scams illegally using his likeness, one under the guise of “the scandal that left everybody shocked” and the other claiming to know how the financial expert makes money.
“Beware… 2023 and the financial scams keep on coming more than ever,” he said.
“The one on the left came up on @realestateaus as I was scrolling the site. The one on the right was sent to me yesterday from @instagram .
“They are scams trying to con you by illegally using my image and attributing fictitious comments to me.”
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Iconic actor Sam Neill has also previously found himself in the same boat after slamming scammers for also using his likeness and fake accounts to dupe his loyal fanbase.
Neill enlisted the help of his assistant, Lauren, to post on his behalf in an effort to clear the air over which account is really his, showing fans that the social media platform is inundated with fake accounts.
“Sam has asked me to post on here to share with his followers an idea of the number of fake Sam Neill accounts out there on Instagram,” Lauren began the lengthy post.
“The ONLY real Sam Neill account is this one – with the blue verified tick (circled in the image). Sam will never contact you on social media from an unverified account.!! That’ll be a scammer!!
“He will never write to you to ask you to continue the conversation on another platform (WhatsApp/Telegram/Hangouts etc).!! S.C.A.M.M.E.R!!
“Sam will never use social media to ask you for bitcoin, money to get out of a foreign jail or for you to send a Western Union transfer to attend a private event with him.!! Definitely a scammer.!!
“He won’t be trying to send you a diamond ring from Sri Lanka (that you then need to pay customs fees for) !! That scammer is at it again.!!
“Sam doesn’t have a private account he keeps secret from his social media team, so he can to speak directly to followers!! Scammer at work here!!
“He definitely isn’t having an online romantic relationship with you.!!That’s the trash bag scammer wasting your time, potentially breaking your heart and disappearing with your money.!!
“And I can one hundred percent guarantee he doesn’t have a social media ‘management team’ communicating with you from randomly named unverified accounts!! Scammer alert again!!!”