Fans have warned Strictly star John Whaite about an alarming Instagram discovery, and he has responded.
JOHN WHAITE has issued a public statement after a fake copy-cat version of his Instagram page was discovered.
The unknown prankster had been impersonating John Whaite, though he probably wasn’t fooling many fans with his lack of followers compared to the real deal’s 300,000+.
However, the Strictly Come Dancing star took the precaution of making a public announcement in case anyone fell into the social media fraudster’s trap.
This fake account was brought to my attention by a few people.
John Whaite is a writer from the United Kingdom.
He posted a slide on his Instagram stories with a copy of a message from the fake account.
“Happy New Year, dear, how are you doing?” it said.
“I saw your comment on my main page and decided to message you privately here from my fan page; I hope you’ll do the same?”
“I don’t [usually]do this,” the impersonator continued, “but I suspect you’re a nice person, and I despise third parties, so you must never tell anyone about it or you’ll lose my trust.”
Just before Christmas, John and his dance partner Johannes Radebe made it to the final of Strictly Come Dancing.
He narrowly lost to EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis – the show’s first ever deaf contestant – and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice, but he has gotten a lot of attention since the competition ended.
The social media user impersonating his account, on the other hand, appears to have taken advantage of the former Great British Bake Off contestant’s growing celebrity.
The account, john.whaite1006, was quickly debunked by the real John Whaite, who had zero followers at the time of discovery.
He wrote on his Stories, “A few people have alerted me to this fake account.”
“Please block and report if they message you.”
The account now redirects to a message stating that the page has been deleted, deactivated, or removed.
It’s possible that this isn’t the first time John’s fans have been duped by impersonators, as his profile has stated for a long time that it is “My ONLY account.”
Meanwhile, while celebrating the festive season, the real John Whaite happily shared details of his New Year’s break in Malton, North Yorkshire.
He wrote, “We’ve had the loveliest little start to the year staying at Cherry Tree Lodge in Welburn near Malton,” with a photo.
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A few people have alerted me to this fake account