By Jeannie Law
Filmmaker Tyler Perry is warning fans not to fall prey to scams circulating on Facebook that are using his name.
“I am not giving away anything on Facebook,” the Hollywood producer stressed in a video post on Tuesday. “I am not giving away any money. Do not give your information away to any of these people. Do not give them anything. And I don’t know who they are, but every day we have to get 10, 20, 30 of these things shut down on Facebook.”
Unofficial Facebook pages have been created using the actor’s name to lure fans into believing these scams. Over the last few years, posts on Facebook have falsely claimed that Perry is giving away a million dollars, cars, and houses to fans who “like” or “share” the post. The goal of these scams is to build a large following of Facebook users to market to third parties.
Perry has a net worth of $600 billion, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and said in the video on Tuesday that while he has purchased cars and homes for people, he’s not offering any giveaways of money or gifts on Facebook. He also asked his fans to help share his message warning about the scams using his name.
“Stop it, devil.” Perry ended in his message advising people not to give their personal information to anyone on Facebook.
In the post, the “Madea” actor describes himself as “a giver.”
In a November 2017 video clip of him speaking at the Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, Perry says, “I love to give, I have been a giver all my life.”
His most recent over the top gift was a Tesla to Tiffany Haddish in June, a close friend to Tyler Perry.
“Do me a favor, post this everywhere so people will know that it is not true.”
Pedetin Daniel, Sao is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Polytechnic, Ibadan. He presently works with an online based education news organisation in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria. Daniel is a gospel teacher, drama minister, writer and a counsellor passionate about raising youth fit in the hand of God to bring revival.