Scammer posing as Daniel O Donnell on Whatsapp in attempt to con fans

He's not

Daniel O’Donnell has warned fans about a Whatsapp scam doing the rounds.

The singer revealed that a scammer is posing as him on the popular messaging site in an attempt to get money from fans.

A note about the scam was written in Daniel’s fan magazine this month: “There is currently a person on WhatsApp using an image of Daniel and his name ‘Daniel O’Donnell’, who is looking for a donation online for seemingly charitable purposes.”

The warning stressed to fans that Daniel would not be in touch over Whatsapp and would never ask for money.

“Please be aware that this is not Daniel, as Daniel never messages his fans on WhatsApp, and as this person is using Daniel’s image to try and get money from unsuspecting followers, this is regarded as fraud.”

It was also recommended that fans block the fraudster if they do receive a message.

“Anyone who gets a message from this ‘rogue Daniel’ needs to report it immediately through WhatsApp – as there is an option to do so – to block this person.

“Please also be aware that Daniel never goes on Messenger via Facebook, so if you see anything up there which looks like it has come or is coming from Daniel, it’s not.”


It’s not the first time a scammer has posed as an Irish celeb.

Ronan Keating, Shane Filan, Imelda May and Amy Huberman have all posted messages to social media warning fans about scams which claim to be related to them.

Boyzone star Ronan reminded fans that only pages with a blue tick are verified, in a tweet back in May.

“Hey a few people telling me there are impersonators on social media pretending to be me trying to scam people out of money etc,” he said.

Adding: “It’s not me. My insta and Twitter have official blue ticks.”

Meanwhile Amy Huberman revealed her image is being used to endorse skin cream online.

“Lads and lasses there’s a scam appearing online on sites linking me to an anti-aging ‘beauty cream’ and/or ‘makeup’, one called ‘Dermavix’???!” she said.

“It’s a complete scam and all articles relating to them fabricated so pls ignore! Have legals on it…”

Have you spotted any scams like this? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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