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Celebrity scams are a dime a dozen these days and it is getting harder and harder for some of us to spot the real from the fake. Add to this the increasing number of celebrities who are getting hacked and it's just becoming extremely difficult for innocent people to not be duped by posers pretending to be their favourite stars.
Although, here's one easy tip just from us here at ZAlebs: If a celebrity asks you for money, you can be pretty certain it's a scam.
That's the point that Bonang was trying to make on social media when screenshots emerged of a follower being duped by a "Bonang Matheba" Facebook page.
The conversation was too ridiculous to believe in the first place. The poser was busy sliding into random DMs and asking Bonang's fans to borrow R100 or R50 so that she can buy airtime for her cousin (we presume Pinky Girl) who was stuck on the highway without petrol. Bonang couldn't do it because she was at Urban Brew Studios and had no signal because she was recording. We're not laughing, you are.
Unfortunately, the fake Bonang was so convincing that some people went on to fall for the scam and saw their money disappear. After catching on to this scam, screenshots were leaked to social media in order to warn others.
Once Bonang caught wind of the interactions, we were expecting the usual "this is not me" or "don't fall for this scam" warnings. What we were not expecting is this hilarious reply which also makes a lot of sense.
Guys, Bonang barely replies to trolls; she also has millions of Rands in her bank account. In what world would she be so desperate that she needed to borrow R100 (and why wouldn't Pinky Girl call a cash uber or something of the sort?). This story had more holes in it than the Bafana Bafana defence.
Sadly, some of us need to learn our lessons the hard way and it looks as if these unfortunate social media users have learned theirs. In future, if it's not coming from a verified celebrity account, then there's a good chance that it's probably not to be believed.
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