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Siobhan Macdonald

Outlander star Sam Heughan issues warning to fans as scammers impersonate him online

Sam Heughan has once again warned fans to beware of scammers impersonating him online.

The Balmaclellan-born actor, who has played Jamie Fraser in Outlander since 2013, took to social media to issue a reminder to fans not to trust unverified accounts. The 42-year-old said: "Please be careful on social media. So many scammers.

"I will never reach out or message on Instagram/Twitter/Whatsapp/Google Hangout/etc. Or ask for money. Including Telegram!!"

As a final reminder, he added: "If it's not verified, it's not me."

This isn't the first time the Scots actor has been targeted by fraudsters online who try to lure money from his fanbase. In the last few years, multiple women have been tricked into thinking they were speaking to the actor, with one particular fan losing her life savings.

A 56-year-old nurse from Florida, Stephanie, told how she too handed over a cash sum of £36,500. The mum thought she had been in an online relationship with Heughan since 2018.

Another woman was duped into sending £34,000 after being told the money would be invested in Heughan’s whisky brand Sassenach Spirits.

Heughan isn't the only actor who has been impersonated online in attempts to swindle money. Duncan LaCroix, who played Murtagh Fraser in Outlander, issued a statement on social media after noticing fake accounts of himself pop up online.

Taking to Instagram, he said: "Hello. Just a very quick message to everyone, hope everyone is okay coming up to Christmas. It's just about fake accounts. I'm getting so many messages from people saying that they've been fooled by fake accounts on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

"This is my only account. I will not reach out to you. I know some people have actually lost money from people impersonating myself and other members of the cast with fake Instagram and Twitter accounts saying they started a smaller, more private account to message fans personally and start conversations.

"It's not happening. It's not me. Please be careful. Please don't engage. If you see one, block it, report it. Take care. Be safe."

Fans took to the comments after Duncan shared his warning. One said: "So many fake accounts. It's a never ending story. Thanks for sharing. I feel sorry for the people losing money. "

"Thank you for sharing. I blocked many face accounts of you these days. Have a wonderful weekend." wrote another. A third said: "Thank you Duncan, it must be hard to always have this people trying to take advantage of you good name."

Outlander seasons 1-6 are available on Starz in the USA and Lionsgate+ via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

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