Olivia Newton John’s publicist Michael Caprio has warned of internet scams by Olivia impersonators on social media trying to scam money from fans.
In a post to Facebook and Twitter Michael warns, “There are a few people out there impersonating Olivia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and directly reaching out to fans and asking them for money and or donations for the ONJ Cancer Wellness & Research Centre. If you get a message from anyone saying they are Olivia – this is a scam! Olivia does not direct message anyone on her social media pages so, beware. We have found out that some fans have been scammed out of thousands of dollars by people saying they are Olivia (with FAKE accounts). We are in the process of getting these fake accounts shut down but, wanted to let you all know now to avoid others being scammed”.
From Team ONJ PR:
Attention ONJ Fans – There are a few people out there impersonating Olivia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and directly reaching out to fans and asking them for money and or donations for… https://t.co/bN69Kk9j3r
— Olivia Newton-John (@olivianj) January 10, 2019
The fake ONJ’s seem to have increased every since the fake news story last week claiming Olivia Newton-John only had weeks to live. Despite there being no actual source and the original story coming from a dodgy website, the story spread across Australia fuelled by the 7 and 9 television networks and the Murdoch press running the sensational but unverified gossip as news.
Olivia Newton-John’s niece Totti Goldsmith first denied the rumour on behalf of her aunt and then Olivia made an official statement the next day.
Comedian Billy Connolly also had to deny rumours of his imminent death this week after a flippant comment in one of his television shows was taken out of context and also suggested he had limited to live.