- Scammers got out of control in 2022, obtaining and using Mzansi celebrities' personal information to make quick cash
- Superstars were forced to use their official social media pages to warn Mzansi of the scammers' antics
- Celebrities such as business mogul Shauwn "MaMkhize" Mkhize and Idols SA judge Somizi's phone numbers were hacked and used to scam people
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The year 2022 has not been kind to South African celebrities. Many of them were the targets of scams.
The impostors did everything they could to obtain their information, including opening TikTok accounts in celebrities' names to defraud Mzansi citizens.
Briefly News looks back at the times when well-known figures blasted scammers and advised their fans not to send money to any of them.
1. Letoya Makhene replies to rumours that she scammed people through Bitcoin
Letoya Makhene warned her Instagram followers not to engage in any bitcoin-related online conversations in her name. The Generations: The Legacy star revealed in a video to her fans that she has never used Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency.
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According to TshisaLIVE, Letoya posted the video in response to an IOL article accusing her of scamming ordinary South Africans.
IOL reported that a man claimed that Makhene stole money from him using Bitcoin. In her defence, the actress stated:
“Don’t make your problems my problem. I am verified on social media. I have reported all the fake accounts. I don’t scam people of money, I do not do Bitcoin, I do not do forex, I do not ask people to deposit money to me,” she said.
2. Andre Dondolo promised a fake acting role by a Mfundi Vundla impostor
Andrea Dondolo, a former Stokvel actress, revealed on Instagram that she was almost deceived by an impostor who claimed to be Generations: The Legacy executive producer Mfundi Vundla.
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On Instagram, the actress shared screenshots of her conversation with the scammer. Andrea said in the caption that she almost believed the scammer when she was told that Mfundi was working on a production with Connie Ferguson and wanted her to be a part of it.
"I was excited shem I won't lie. He said they are doing a production with Connie Ferguson and someone else ♀️ can't remember the name."
However, Dondolo noticed red flags in the wording of the messages she received and the typos she discovered.
3. Yvonne Chaka Chaka clears her name after South Africans were scammed using her name
In the Instagram video, the legendary singer was seen with her phone, showing Mzansi the account in question and warning them not to share their money with the scammers.
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"SCAM ALERT!!! WE HAVE NO TIK TOK ACCOUNT. @yvonnechakachaka001 on TikTok is not our account so please stop making donations to this false account. We apologise to you all with love and appreciation."
4. Somizi Mhlongo shares clip telling his fans not to engage with scammers using his number
Somizi's phone was hacked earlier in 2022. SomG told his fans not to send any money to the scammers out of concern for people who might fall victim to scams using his number.
5. Shauwn Mkhize's WhatsApp number hacked
MaMkhize, like Somizi, was hacked. The business mogul revealed on Instagram that her WhatsApp number was no longer under her control.
The reality star even proved that the con artists had begun their work. The Instagram caption warning people not to send money was accompanied by screenshots of the scammer requesting money via WhatsApp using MaMkhize's number.
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In a similar story, Briefly News reported that Khaya Mthethwa slammed the event organiser who paid him using fake proof of payment despite giving them the best stage.
In the comments section of the viral tweet, Khaya stated that the event organiser gaslit him into thinking something was wrong with his bank account.
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Source: Briefly News