Actor Tyler Perry is the latest celebrity figure to have their name used as a part of a Facebook scam. He took to social media and posted a video Tuesday warning people to avoid being hoodwinked by any post that says he’s giving away cash or cars because it is not true.
The information phishing scam that is being shared on Facebook claims that Perry is giving away $1 million, cars and homes. The pages are requesting personal information from users who believe that the Madea star because of his net worth and celebrity can be charitable to that degree.
“I am not giving away anything on Facebook,” Perry says in the video posted to his personal Instagram. “I am not giving away any money. My team has to shut down these things every day. There’s a new one popping up. Do not give your information to any of these people. Do not … give them anything. I don’t know who they are, but every day we have to get 10, 20, 30 of those things shut down on Facebook. I am not giving away anything. This is Tyler Perry. I’m not giving away anything. Please do me a favor: post this everywhere, so people will know that it’s not true.”
Perry isn’t the first star have to counter such scams. Oprah Winfrey took to her Instagram this past holiday season to also warn her fans of the fraud.
Watch the video below to hear Perry dispel the rumors about the alleged giveaway.
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