Daniel O’Donnell warns fans of new scam using his name
Daniel O’Donnell has warned his fans to beware of a fraudster posing as him on social media.
The veteran singer has seen his name used several times by online hackers over the past few years.
And now the 59-year-old has issued a new alert to his subscribers to be “extra vigilant” after it emerged that crooks created another fake account in his name.
Its official website warns: “Social media scammers have created a fake page on [Facebook] Messenger posing as Daniel, but please note – THIS IS NOT DANIEL.
“Daniel is not going on Messenger and urges fans to be extra vigilant and not get caught up in this scam or any other scam on social media and the internet.
“In Messenger, scammers ask fans to open a case in order to receive benefits as a registered member of the fanclub, and then apply for an Amazon card worth $ 100.”
The website adds: “This has been reported to Facebook, but if you come across it, please report it as well – this is very important.
“Please spread the word as well, so that no one is fooled in the end.
“Remember, Daniel does not communicate directly with fans on Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, or any other social media website or forum.”
Last year, the Donegal artist was forced to issue a warning about an Instagram hoax masquerading as him asking for money to help fight Covid-19.
He said at the time: “It is horrible to see in these difficult times for everyone. I am absolutely appalled that criminals are taking advantage of the good people in Ireland and my international fans to create this fake account to win money.”
He was also imitated on WhatsApp when crooks tried to squeeze money from his loyal fans. And as early as 2017, he was also the victim of a Facebook hacker who made bogus requests for charitable donations on his behalf.
Meanwhile, the singer is preparing to resume touring in the coming months in the UK and US.
And next February, just two months after turning 60, he’ll take to the high seas as the star performer of an Irish-themed Caribbean cruise.