Imelda May has taken to social media to warm her fans of fake accounts pretending to be her.
The Dublin singer revealed that there has been a Catfish account set up in attempt to scam her loyal fans out of money.
Sharing a posed photo of herself in denim jacket and sunnies, the star said:
“Hey everyone. This is me!!! Not the hacker who keeps contacting people pretending to be me and asking for money!!
“As I said before, I NEVER private message ANYONE on here. Be on your guard and be careful. It’s a crazy old world. Peace”
Many fans took to the comments to reveal that they had in fact been contacted by a fake page.
“I did get contacted by “you“ asking for my email… This is indeed a crazy place thank you for being you. as this very beautiful and talented singer,” one said.
Another added: “They tried me.. asked if I could help you double cross your management. I called their bluff .. it’s a crazy world. By the way ..you look amazing xxx”
“Yep i got the request from the git. Thankfully I sussed it and sent the fecker packing back to ballygobackwards!” a third person said.
Some admitted that they were initially fooled by the catfish account.
“Great photo. Thanks for the warning, tbh I got fooled … blocked now !!. Looking forward to see u back in Bristol soon Xx”
Another fan revealed they regularly get those types of message.
Instagram is riddled with scam artists pretending to be celebrities. I get at least 1 per day
“Thanx Imelda I got few messages alright x”
“Yes that’s has happened to me , knew it was not you, reported them to Twitter, and action was taken”
Another follower even said that the fake page claimed to be looking for a ‘hook up’ in exchange for money!
“Ha yeah got a mail off Imelda Mary looking for a hook up but I’d need to pay.”
Imelda is not the only Irish celeb who has been impersonated online, with many scam artists looking for money from fans.
Ronan Keating has repeatedly had to assure fans he is not behind the dodgy pages.
“I hear there are quite a few people impersonating me on Instagram and Twitter and so on, pretending to be me looking for money and asking for favours and stuff, don’t get involved. My Insta has the official blue tick as does my Twitter,” he said last month.
Shane Filan also warned fans about similar pages back in May.
“I do not have any other accounts and I do not DM fans from these or any other accounts. I have reported the fake accounts and they will be dealt with ASAP. If you are contacted please report them also.”