December 22, 2023

A SHOCKING crimewave is flooding social media – with celebs plugging scams where Brits are conned out of thousands of pounds of their hard-earned cash.

Celebs including Joey Essex, Katie Price, Carl Woods, Chloe Ferrry and Sophie Kaseai have all fallen prey to the lowlife scams, “mistakenly” plugging the dodgy schemes to their millions of followers.

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Katie Price and husband Carl Woods both fell prey to promoting dodgy traders
Joey Essex said he was 'fuming' after he claimed he was duped into promoting an alleged scam

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Joey Essex said he was ‘fuming’ after he claimed he was duped into promoting an alleged scam

A raft of other celebs and influencers have also been called out for promoting rogue traders.

The bizarre ripoffs usually play out with the “scammer” approaching a celebrity for endorsement.

The celeb then takes to Instagram to plug it, usually referring to the scammer as a friend, promising their followers they can either make them money, should invest or purchase a service.

In some cases it has resulted in fans being conned out of thousands.

It come as a parliamentary committee urged MPs to introduce measures in which online fraud should be treated as seriously as terrorism as part of the forthcoming Online Safety Bill.

And an expert has now called for influencers to “consider their moral and ethical duty to their followers”.

Social media expert Alfie Green, founder of We Are Monty, told The Sun: “It’s a classic story of a lack of accountability from talent all the way up to their agents.

“There’s a running theme among reality stars and TV types…

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