If someone claiming to be Shaggy asks you for money online, don’t give it to them!
As bizarre as it sounds, a scammer pretending to be the “Boombastic” artist has been trying to defraud his fans on social media.
The Grammy-winning hitmaker took to Instagram to issue a warning to his fans earlier this week.
“It has come to my attention that there have been posts online from people purporting to be me and hitting up my fans for money while making false claims that they owe me something,” Shaggy wrote.
“I would like to make it clear that these are nothing more than an internet scam. They are not from me nor do they represent me in any way.”
Shaggy said that “[i]t saddens me that this has become our reality & that innocent people are being dragged into this ridiculousness.”
He went on to advise his fans to simply ignore any messages they receive claiming to be from Shaggy and to avoiding engaging “with these fake accounts.”
Although the 50-year-old Jamaican musician has been around since the early 90s, he’s been enjoying a career resurgence lately. He appeared as a duet partner for contestants on American Idol during the most recent season and will be portraying Sebastian in the upcoming production of The Little Mermaid Live!
He’s also been hanging out with Sting, recording a collaborative album (which won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album) and touring together.
And in between all that, he’s also been stepping up his philanthropic efforts since founding his Shaggy & Friends charity.
Something had to give, and Shaggy decided to put his biennial charity event for the Bustamante Hospital for Children on hold.
“I am booked solid all the way into March of next year,” Shaggy told a reporter from the Jamaica Observer. “So, unfortunately, I really don’t have the time to wrap my head around planning the event this year. Yes, I have a team, but quite a bit of what happens for that one night rest on my shoulders and those close to me.”
Clearly, the man needs a case of energy drinks just to get through that jam-packed schedule. Shaggy does not have time to bust scams, but hopefully, the criminals will back off now that he’s onto them.