Scammers Have Been Impersonating Olivia Newton-John For Fake Cancer Charities
Scammers have been taking advantage of Olivia Newton-John's fans by pretending to be the iconic Aussie singer online.
According to Newton-John's publicist, some fans have been conned out of large sums of cash after being asked to send charitable donations to a cancer research centre.
"We have found out that some fans have been scammed out of thousands of dollars by people saying they are Olivia (with FAKE accounts)," Michael Ciprio wrote on the official Newton-John Facebook page.
Ciprio warned that the impersonators have been using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to deceive fans into thinking the 70-year-old performer had contacted them to ask for money. The scammers falsely claimed that cash would be sent to the real ONJ Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne.
The star's publicist went on to let fans know that Olivia is not ever in the habit of sliding into anyone's DMs to ask for cash.
"If you get a message from anyone saying they are Olivia - this is a scam!" he warned. "We are in the process of getting these fake accounts shut down but, wanted to let you all know now to avoid others being scammed."
Some fans of the Grease star commented below the post that they had been approached by the online con-artists.
"I had one a pm asking me if I accept a lunch with Olivia and her team in my hometonw [sic].... they wanting to give me a prize for 1 of the best fan on FB. I directly blocked it," wrote on fan.
"It's a shame that there are people in this world that resorts such go levels to impersonate such a wonderful, loving person like Olivia! Sending you lots of love and lots of light !" wrote another supporter of the singer.
The warning comes just a week after Newton-John was forced to shut down rumours that she had just "weeks to live".
"This is Olivia Newton-John and I just want to say that the rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated," she joked in the video posted to social media.
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