Khanyi Mbau urges fans to report fake IG account
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Actress Khanyi Mbau has taken to her Instagram stories to distance herself from an Instagram account using her likeness.
Khanyi also took the opportunity to warn her fans and followers of the fake account by the name of @thabo_catherine that has images of her on its feed.
Fake social media accounts using the likeness of famous faces has become a rising trend, with more people falling victim to scams orchestrated by these fake accounts.
Innocent fans often fall victim to these scams run by posing as celebrities. More famous faces are coming out and urging their followers against fake accounts.
Once online scammers have hacked the account, they scam the friends, families and fans of the celebrities by asking for money, among other things.
Khanyi posted the screen-shot of the fake account and asked her Instagram account followers to help report the fake account.
“Fake account alert! Please report!” said Khanyi.
Reporting fake accounts often helps stop the accounts in their tracks as platforms such as Instagram do take action and suspend them.
However, it does take time for it to happen, and in the meantime, victims grow.
The “Happiness Ever After” actress is not the only Mzansi personality who has had to warn fans about suspicious activity on social media linked to their name.
Television and theatre actor Sello Maake kaNcube once again warned fans against his old social media account that has landed in the scammer’s hands.
Taking to Instagram on Friday, the former “Generations” actor issued a statement warning his 50k fans and followers against the parody account, also urging them to unfollow and block the account.
He wrote: “Please unfollow and block this account ... It's hacked ...They scamming you guys ... I don’t find people jobs or get them into acting ... I don’t even inbox people on social media.”
“Guys, please don't fall for the scammers who are using this account ... Please know that this is not me ... Unfollow this account he is claiming that I give people funding and just know not to ever pay anyone to give you funding. Be careful.”
It is always important to look out for a sign that verifies the identity of an account holder, such as a blue verification tick or words in their bio that identify the individual's identity.