Sam Neill has a message for scammers – he’s had enough.
Posting on his official, verified Instagram account, on behalf of Neill, his assistant Lauren Folk Major shared a photo of the many Sam Neill impersonator accounts that exist on Instagram alone.
The image was covered with the word “Warning!” in red, bold letters.
In the caption, Major wrote: “The ONLY real Sam Neill account is this one – with the blue verified tick (circled in the image). Sam will never contact you on social media from an unverified account !!”
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She continued, “That’ll be a scammer ‼️He will never write to you to ask you to continue the conversation on another platform (WhatsApp/Telegram/Hangouts etc). ‼️… Sam will never use social media to ask you for bitcoin, money to get out of a foreign jail or for you to send a Western Union transfer to attend a private event with him. ‼️ Definitely a scammer.‼️”
In one curious section, she noted, “He won’t be trying to send you a diamond ring from Sri Lanka (that you then need to pay customs fees for) ‼️That scammer is at it again.‼️”
Major also debunked the myth that the Jurassic Park star, 75, has a “private account he keeps secret from his social media team”, nor does he have a “social media management team” that connects with fans online through random accounts.
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Major went on to reveal how extreme the issue has gotten for the star and his fans.
“I’m saddened by the stories I hear every day of people who have fallen victim to these disgraceful, despicable scammers. Their sole purpose is exploiting people’s weaknesses and lonely hearts. It’s shameful and disgusting and both Sam and I are committed to bringing this to light.”
Major noted that while Neill often reads his followers’ comments and enjoys their engagement, he never connects.
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While many praised Neill and Major for their message, a few larrikins took their chance to make light of it in the comments.
New Zealand journalist and actor David Farrier wrote, “who the hell have i been sending all these nudes to,” receiving almost 400 likes.
Australian comedian Tom Cardy commented, “Lauren please, I have received multiple emails from Sam’s PERSONAL email promising me significant roles in future projects such as “Rams 2: Rammed again” and “Jurassic park 12: It’s dino time!” where sam has assured me, upon my direct debit transfer of $15000, I would receive the film contract and be “locked in”.”
The hilarious message didn’t end there.
“Sam said he needed the cash to buy plane tickets to meet me in Sydney, and that he had been locked out of his internet banking app because of too many failed password attempts (he really is just like us!🙌)” Cardy continued.
“Since the transfer all my emails have bounced back, could you please “nudge” Mr. Neil, as economically I have already budgeted for the rest of my year with these two film roles in mind i.e I sleep in my car or an ikea if I can.”
Meantime many followers confirmed that scammers were certainly targeting them.
“Apparently Sam & Keanu Reeves wanted to private message with me…if only,” one wrote on the post.
“Have been contacted by every fake Sam on earth. At least once,” another shared. “Apart from third-language spelling, some are hilariously wrong. Occasionally I can’t resist asking the odd question before reporting them.”
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