Fake Celebrity Scam Messages

Fake Celebrity Scam Messages

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Fake Celebrity Scam Messages refers to screenshots and photoshops of fake DMs and text messages that appear to have been sent by celebrities looking for money or a piece of personal information from the message recipient. Many of the memes feature the celebrity repeating a notable catchphrase attributed to them in a second message sent after the scam attempt as if to prove they're real. One of the earliest examples of the meme is a scam by rapper DaBaby posted to Reddit in 2021, becoming an increasingly popular format over the following years.

Origin

On March 8th, 2021, Redditor u/xXBdawg77Xx posted a screenshot to /r/scams[1] titled "Real dababy" depicting a scam DM from someone posing as the rapper DaBaby asking for their social security number, garnering over 2,000 upvotes in three years (shown below).


LETS GO! It's me da baby. I'm on my secret account and I want your social security number. HUH?! A Here's proof. YEAH YEAH! Pian Accept message request from The baby

Spread

Memes using a similar format became increasingly popular over the following years. On July 23rd, 2021, a similar meme about Michael Jackson was posted to iFunny,[2] garnering over 32,000 smiles in three years. An expanded version of the same meme was posted to /r/facepalm[3] the next day, garnering over 5,600 upvotes in the same span of time (shown below).


Michael Jackson therealmichaeljackson1111 Instagram 59 followers. 417 posts You don't follow each other on Instagram You both follow_.alicia_lynn._ View Profile 1:25 PM Hey it's Michael Jackson I'm messaging you from a private account. I'm not really dead can you cash app me $600 so I can come back to the United States and put out more music Hee Hee! Accept message request from Michael Jackson (therealmichaeljackson1111)?

On October 17th, a version of the meme about Lady Gaga was posted to /r/Scams,[4] garnering over 2,600 upvotes in three years (shown below, left). On September 19th, 2022, a version of the meme featuring a message from the deceased Queen Elizabeth II was posted to /r/facepalm.[5] garnering over 90,000 upvotes in two years (shown below, right).


Facebook You're not friends on Facebook New Facebook Account VIEW PROFILE 1:44 AM hey it's lady gaga, i need $145 to continue working on my new song. ra ra ah ah ah queenelizabeth_3 Instagram 0 followers • 1 post You don't follow each other on Instagram New Instagram account View Profile Today 9:16 PM Hey, it's me Queen Elizabeth, I am not dead, Charles sent me to a deserted island so he could be King. I don't have access to my royal money so please cashapp me $300 so I can get back to the UK Tea and biscuits

On April 21st, 2024, Instagram[6] user neoliberalhell posted a version of the meme featuring a DM from actor Timothée Chalamet asking for money to film the next Dune movie, garnering over 4,500 likes in two weeks (shown below). That day it was reposted to /r/okbuddycinephile,[7] garnering over 1,200 upvotes in the same span of time.


Timothee Chalamet therealtimothee 1111 Instagram 59 followers 417 posts You don't follow each other on Instagram You both follow_.alicia_lynn._ View Profile 1:25 PM Hey it's Timothee Chalamet I'm messaging you from a private account. We want to start shooting Dune 3 but have budget issues can you cash app me $600 so we can start filming? I'm with Javier Bardem as well Nissan al gabe

Various Examples


John Fallout 19:56 hi it's me john fallout i need 2000 bottle caps to get into new vegas so i can save the mojave desert war doesn't change therealspm1 therealspm1 3:29 PM Hey it's SPM, I'm messaging you from my secret account in prison, can you send me $800 so I can bail out and record more music? I'm with Baby Bash, he came to visit Hey it's Baby Bash Wiggy Wiggy Accept message request from therealspm1? If you accept, members will also be able to call you and see info like your activity status and when you've read messages. Block Delete Accept trumanblack 8h < nickleback1 Active Now hi Today 5:13 PM Hey haha no way this is Nickelback photograhp

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External References

[1] Reddit – Scams

[2] iFunny – free_twovie

[3] Reddit – facepalm

[4] Reddit – scams

[5] Reddit – facepalm

[6] Instagram – neoliberalhell

[7] Reddit – okbuddycinephile

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