Paul Hollywood warns fans that conmen are using his picture to scam vulnerable women for cash – The Sun

PAUL Hollywood has warned his female fans to be careful of fake accounts posing as him to try and con them of their money.

The Great British Bake Off judge, 54, took to Instagram to say he’d been warned multiple times about swindlers pretending to be him to scam women.

Paul Hollywood, 54, warned his followers to be careful of scam accounts

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Paul Hollywood, 54, warned his followers to be careful of scam accounts

He asked his followers to be careful and to always look out for the ‘blue tick’ which shows an account is authentic and verified as the official account of a celebrity .

Paul wrote: “Morning I’m still receiving messages saying there are scammers pretending to be me contacting you, look for the blue tick highlighted, also look at the follower number!

“I don’t have a private account.. please be careful , watch the GBBO, and Great British Bake off scammers too, look for blue tick ALWAYS!!!!!! X”

His fans replied to his shocking post, confirming they had almost been the victim of the scammers.

He warned there were multiple accounts pretending to be him to scam money off his fans

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He warned there were multiple accounts pretending to be him to scam money off his fansCredit: Instagram
Paul has been a judge on GBBO since 2010

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Paul has been a judge on GBBO since 2010Credit: PA:Press Association
He works alongside Prue Leith and has become one of the most recognised TV personalities

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He works alongside Prue Leith and has become one of the most recognised TV personalitiesCredit: Mark Bourdillon/ Channel 4

One Instagram user wrote: “Yes I’ve had loads trying to add me some with just your picture and their own name have reported them all.”

Another added: “I got one from a guy who pretended to be your manager… i didn’t reply!”

While a third said said: “I got it on twitter saying I won to meet you, I’ve emailed u ages ago about it, who was doing it turned really nasty as well x”

A fourth commented:  “I receive a lot of followers with your photos. I report and block immediately.”

The 54-year-old told fans to keep an eye out for his verified 'blue tick' to know if it was his real account or not

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The 54-year-old told fans to keep an eye out for his verified ‘blue tick’ to know if it was his real account or notCredit: Getty – Contributor

Paul’s scam warning comes after former GBBO judge Mary Berry was left feeling “shattered” after her name was being used to sell CBD oil and face cream online.

The 85-year-old told Watchdog presenter Matt Allwright, that hundreds of customers had started emailing her.

“I had Polio when I was a child and because I’ve got a bit of a wonky hand, they think its arthritis and perhaps this is the cure for arthritis.”

Facebook removed the fake ads but many fans had already bought the products.

Former GBBO judge Mary Berry was also a recent victim of scammers

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Former GBBO judge Mary Berry was also a recent victim of scammersCredit: PA:Press Association

“I get more emails than I can read because I start to read them, and then I begin to get upset and I think I just can’t read anymore,” Mary said.

“I would like the social medium platforms that all these are claims are on, should be vetted before they go on and checked out.”

Paul Hollywood is left disgusted with Henry Bird’s towering pie on The Great British Bake Off

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/12210064/paul-hollywood-warns-fans-that-conmen-are-using-his-picture-to-scam-vulnerable-women-for-cash/

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