Paul Hollywood ‘is left fuming after his face is used in an online scam asking fans for money and nude pictures’
Paul Hollywood has reportedly been left furious after his face was used in an online scam to con fans.
The Great British Bake Off star, 53, warned fans about the scam in a Facebook post as it was claimed that an account had been set up in his name asking fans for money and nude pictures.
It comes after one fan revealed that she was targeted by fraudsters claiming to be Paul after she commented on a post on his real account.
Shocking: Paul Hollywood has reportedly been left furious after his face was used in an online scam to con fans
According to The Sunday People, Paul’s photo was being used under a fake Facebook account with the name Paul J Hollywood.
It is thought that some of his fans were asked for money or nude snaps by the fraudsters and the star is livid that his likeness is being used in such a way.
On Thursday Paul took to Facebook to write: ‘I have noticed a fake account – Paul J Hollywood – has recently been set up and is messaging my followers pretending to be me.
‘Please note that this is my only Facebook account and any other account is nothing to do with me. Please check for the blue tick and report any pages you think might be fake.’
Sinister: It was reported that the star’s face was used in a fake account trying to con fans out of money and ask them for nude pictures
Watch out! On Thursday Paul posted on his verified Facebook to warn fans about the fake account, with many responding that they had even been contacted by the fraudsters
It is thought that around 300 followers responded to Paul’s post, with some even claiming they had been contacted by fraudsters.
The publication also reports that one fan named Emma Norris was contacted by the impostor account pretending to be the real Paul, who even suggested they meet up.
She said: ‘For a split second I thought that Paul could actually be interested. Then I thought wake up this can’t be for real.
‘I was so close to meeting him first for coffee in a public place. I felt vulnerable that I was taken in by him.’
Another named Barbara Teale said she received a direct message from the fake account, and despite ignoring it they were ‘persistent.’
Upset: It is thought that some of his fans were asked for money or nude snaps by the fraudsters and the star is livid that his likeness is being used in such a way
A spokesperson for the star told the publication that the account has been closed down, and MailOnline has contacted a representative for Paul Hollywood for further comment.
It comes after Paul endured a high-profile split from barmaid Summer Monteys-Fullam in August, after she dumped him for asking her to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Summer previously hit out at claims she ‘used’ her former boyfriend to become successful.
Drama: It comes after Paul endured a high-profile split from barmaid Summer Monteys-Fullam (pictured) in August, after she dumped him for asking her to sign a non-disclosure agreement