Sam Heughan wants the best for his Outlander fans, and he’s making sure an important message gets out to them.
On November 15, the 41-year-old Scottish actor took to his Instagram Stories to warn his followers about a new scam that is using his name. “Please be careful on social media. So many scammers,” he wrote. “I will never reach out or message on Instagram/ Twitter/ WhatsApp/ Google hangout etc. or ask for money. If it’s not verified, it’s not me (Nor will my agent/assistant/publicist/etc)
While Sam, who plays Jamie Fraser on the Starz drama, didn’t specify what prompted the cautionary advice, it isn’t the first time he’s dealt with fraudulent activity. In December 2020, a woman in the U.S. came forward after Sam posted a similar warning on his social media accounts. It was then that she realized an online scammer had conned her out of her life savings, a total of $45,000, believing that she was investing in his scotch whiskey brand, Sassenach Spirits.
Shortly after, a second woman from the Netherlands spoke out after reading about this account. She also claimed that an imposter reached out to her and convinced her she was in a relationship with Sam. Though she didn’t hand over any money, she was reportedly ready to end her marriage and buy a home with the fraudster.
Before his latest warning to fans, the Outlander actor retweeted screenshots of a scam attempt when it was brought to his attention on Twitter in March. “Total scam. Please be careful! x,” he wrote.
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It isn’t always easy to spot online scams, but Sam is letting everyone know to stay away from anyone claiming to be him. To help, the GoodHousekeeping Institute has safety tips to keep in mind when you’re shopping online or if you happen to receive a message from an unknown person. Before doing anything, take note of these steps:
- Be aware of links and messages coming from an unknown number. Most importantly, you shouldn’t ever click on a link sent to you if you don’t recognize the number.
- Keep your eyes open for bad grammar or frequent typos. Real and distinguished businesses proofread their communications.
- Generally, be very careful with your personal info. Always be conservative with what you provide to any website, and make sure that you’re entering it through a retailer’s website directly.
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