Scammer Starts Social Media Account Using Roxanne Tong’s Name, Asks For S$36K From Her Friends And Family
Thankfully, she found out about the imposter before anyone fell for the scam.
Though Douyin, Instagram and TikTok has provided our favourite stars with a variety of platforms to share about their daily lives, it has also provided a window for scammers and impersonators to carry out crimes.
TVB actress Roxanne Tong, 35, recently fell victim to one such scam.
The Miss Hong Kong 2012 contestant has more than 690K followers on her Instagram.
It was reported that a scammer had created a social media account using Roxanne’s name and photos and went on to connect with her friends and relatives, all while pretending to be her.
It was not revealed which social media site the scammer used, but after gaining the trust of those around Roxanne, the impersonator started asking for loans, under the guise of needing money to release “her new film”.
It's said that the scammer had asked for a total of S$36K.
Thankfully, one of Roxanne’s friends became suspicious of the situation and alerted the actress.
After finding out about the scam, Roxanne took to social media to warn others about the fake account.
“After learning out about this, I immediately informed my relatives and friends. I discovered that several of them had received the same message. Thankfully, they found [the situation] weird and ignored [the scammer]. I also addressed the situation online immediately, as I was afraid that some of them would get their money scammed unknowingly."
When asked about how her boyfriend Kenneth Ma reacted to the situation, Roxanne said that he, too, had been impersonated online.
Her agency also released a statement, but since she doesn’t consider her situation to be “too severe”, she chose to deal with it by announcing it on her page first, so those around her would be able to see it.
Photos: PBE Media, Roxanne Tong/ Instagram