Almost all of us have experienced scammers calling or messaging us, but a new 'charity' has taken the scamming game to the next level.
The fake charity organisation has been using the name of a UAE sheikh to try and con celebrities. Until now, five celebrities have been involved in the con under the name ‘Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation'.
The stars involved in the scam so far are Baywatch stars Donna D’Errico and Krista Allen, American reality TV star Duane Lee ‘Dog’ Chapman senior aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, Madison Hildebrand and Taylor Armstrong.
They were approached by the scammers to speak at a charity event in Dubai and have been offered between $300,000 and $430,000 for their time.
The Baywatch stars were emailed legit-looking contracts by people claiming to represent the office of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The emails had offered both stars $300,000 to make a speech at an economic empowerment for small business owners event at the One & Only The Palm resort in Dubai.
The scammers claimed they were having issues wiring the money to the celebs, and asked them to share their details. They also asked them to donate half of their fee back to the organisers.
The stars smelled something fishy so they decided to back off.
Dog the Bounty Hunter was also approached to deliver a speech at the same convention and he was offered $430,000, but he had to donate $250,000 back.
Dog got suspicious and cut off the deal when his agent couldn’t reach the ‘organisers’ by phone.
Taylor Armstrong, who was also targeted, tweeted about the scam.