Impersonation is one of the unfortunate problems of fame.
Just yesterday, Nollywood actress Stella Damasus closed her Facebook page because “miscreants have been using my name for dubious reasons”.
On social media, a few of our superstars also state that people are impersonating them; informing the public of the fake Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Today, actor/model/TV host Uti Nwachukwu contacted the BellaNaija Team to share and alert everyone about a man who is impersonating him via BlackBerry Messenger.
We’ll call the man Fake Uti.
Fake Uti asks ladies to send nude photos of themselves and money.
He follows Uti on Twitter and Instagram to get photos and update his BB status. Fake Uti adds naive girls and promises them deals with brands including Peak and Samsung.
He later asks them to send N60,000 to his account and nude photos, so he can “be sure they are HOT enough for the job”.
Uti also says the man makes sure the ladies sleep with the HR/PR of the company (which is actually Fake Uti) for the job.
Unfortunately when they realize it is the fake Uti, and refuse to send him the requested amount, he blackmails them and threatens to post the photos online.
His Facebook account with Uti’s name has been closed a couple of times, but he keeps reopening it and searching for his next victim.
Uti states that the scammer’s new strategy is to impersonate Melvin Oduah of Big Brother Africa: The Chase on Facebook and recommend people to the Fake Uti.
Uti Nwachukwu is doing everything to put an end to this scam.
***Photos of the girls with their nude photos were sent to us, but out of respect for the privacy of all the ladies, BellaNaija has chosen not to publish.
It is surprising that these young women were so trusting and send these potentially damaging images to a total stranger.
We implore you to be careful, so you don’t become a victim of this fraud.***