Tyler Perry wants everyone to know: he’s NOT giving away money or cars on Facebook.
Over the last several weeks, numerous Facebook pages have popped up claiming that actor and comedian Tyler Perry is giving away thousands of dollars and expensive gifts to his fans just for liking, commenting, and sharing a post. You may have seen some of your friends and family share posts like the one below:
As Hoax-Slayer explained last month, these posts are an outright scam:
These Facebook Pages are scams designed to trick you into promoting the pages and visiting suspect websites. The Pages are not associated with or endorsed by Tyler Perry in any way whatsoever, and those who choose to participate will never receive the promised cash or gifts.
Some versions of the fake Tyler Perry posts point to scammy online survey sites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your personal information. The information you supply will be shared with suspect marketing companies who will subsequently inundate you with unwanted promotional emails, text messages, phone calls, and letters.
However, where one scam page is deleted, two more take its place, and Perry was forced to condemn the posts himself.
In a video called “Don’t Fall for Scams” posted to his official Facebook page Tuesday, Perry implored his fans to stop spreading the fraudulent posts and protect their information. “I am not giving away anything on Facebook,” Perry said. “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,” he continued. “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. It’s Tyler Perry, I’m not giving away anything.”
Perry added that he’s likely being used as a front for these scams because he’s known to “give a lot of things to a lot of people, to a lot of employees, random things, cars, houses.” Just this week, Perry gifted actress Tiffany Haddish an $80,000 Tesla after she starred in his upcoming movie, Nobody’s Fool.
However, he insists the Facebook giveaways are “not true.”
Keep yourself and your friends and family safe on social media. Before you click on any links on pages claiming to be affiliated with Perry or any other celebrity on Facebook, make sure the page is verified. If there’s not a blue check mark next to the page’s name, it’s likely a scam.
Source: Daily Mail