Find out how Nigerian celebrities can get rid of impostors with this simple, easy steps.
She took to Instagram and wrote, "Plix I need your attention! I've been made aware somebody wants to give Yall Samsung deal... it ain't from me. Check profiles and all b4 chatting this imposters up. It's not me o! Ehen! I yaf warn you o!"
There is hardly any Nigerian celebrity who hasn't experienced this before. There are hundreds of fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram who take the identities of celebrities and dupe people with them. A lot of celebrities usually think there is little they can do about these impostors but there is a whole lot they can do.
Below is a list of things celebrities can do to prevent impostors from using their name illegally on social media;
This is the best way to stop people from impersonating celebrities on social media. It is very important for celebs to have verified accounts on all social media platforms available. A verified account sends the message of authenticity to fans, brands and anyone that wants to interact with a star on social media. A verified account makes the other clone accounts appear false.
To avoid fake accounts, a celebrity should be consistent on social media. An actor or singer should always be on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pushing his brand. By becoming active, fans and the general public will become familiar to the account and automatically not believe any message that is from another account. The key is not to stay inactive on social media.
This is very common in Nigeria. When a celebrity notices a fake account that is duping people the next thing to do is release a public statement and alert the public. The statement should have all the details of the fake account and warn people not to associate or transact any business with the fake account.
After discovering a fake account the next move to do after making a public statement is to report that account to the administrators of the app. Within a couple of weeks after the report the fake account is usually shut down.
In April, 2016 the imposter popular model Sarah Ofili was caught by the police after three years of duping people. When things get serious, celebrities should involve the police to catch the culprit.