Mark Charnock, who is best known for playing Marlon Dingle on ITV's Emmerdale, has issued a warning to his followers on social media after scammers used his name and photos to promote cryptocurrency investments.
The actor took social media to alert his fans that the fraudsters had been using his identity in fake articles and ads to entice people into investing in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Mark shared a picture of what appeared to be a private Instagram account with his name and photo that had almost 2,000 followers.
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The post also featured a message that had been sent to a follower of the account which started by saying: "Hello my beautiful fan. Thanks for the love and support," before the gushing message of thanks continued.
Sharing the screenshot with his own 51,000 followers, Mark wrote: "Sigh…this is someone pretending to be me. It’s exhausting. Why do people do this? It’s SO weird. Please report and unfollow. Thank you."
Mark's former Emmerdale co-star, Danny Miller, who played Aaron Dingle, attempted to make Mark laugh as he cheekily commented: "So this wasn’t you?" to which Mark, 54, replied: "Don’t make me come over there!!!" alongside a string of crying laughing emojis.
Gemma Atkinson, who starred opposite Mark in Emmerdale as Carly Hope and also appeared in Hollyoaks, recalled a joint encounter the pair both had online.
She wrote: "I wonder if it’s the same person who was going to “kick us both in the back”. Crikey, some people have a lot of free time, don’t they?!"
And Mark laughed as he replied: "pahahaaaa! I miss that guy! I hope he’s well."
Fans were quick to respond and give Bolton-born Mark their backing, with one fan calling trolls "just Saddos who have no life at all".
Another fan wrote” "Some people really have nothing better to do," while another fan commented: "Maybe they are jealous of you because you're a superstar & they are not."
He also urged his followers to report any suspicious accounts or content to the relevant authorities and to never give out their personal information or invest in any schemes without doing thorough research first.
This is not the first time that celebrities have been targeted by scammers promoting fraudulent cryptocurrency investments. In recent years, several high-profile figures have spoken out against such scams and warned their fans to be cautious when it comes to investing in cryptocurrencies.
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