‘It’s like whack-a-mole’ – Ryan Tubridy thanks followers for spotting fake social media account

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The former Late Late Show presenter shared a screenshot of another Instagram account set up under his name this morning, branding it “fake”. “Honestly, the amount of these fake accounts is crazy, it’s like whack-a-mole trying to get rid of them but you all spot them a mile away,” he said. “Thank you for passing on the details, I appreciate it.” The account had over 2,000 followers and used the same profile picture as Tubridy’s actual account. It is not the first time the former RTÉ star has had to issue a warning to his followers about fake accounts. In April, he urged fans to “please ignore” any messages they might receive from another account purporting to be the radio host. “Working on getting it removed,” he said. Tubridy has previously hit out at scams that used his face on posts selling a crytpocurrency training program. “I really want to make this really abundantly clear this morning that I have nothing to do with cryptocurrency,” he said on The Ryan Tubridy Show last March. “I’m sure it’s making some people somewhere a lot of money but I have nothing to do with it. So please tell all your friends when you see that ad… it’s not me.” A link in the fake advertisement brought followers to an article where the star was falsely quoted as sharing his “secret” to wealth. It comes as Tubridy recently returned from a trip to London that saw him tease his future plans away from RTÉ. Micheál Martin criticises RTÉ’s handling of the Tubridy €150k repayment debacle He appeared on broadcaster Chris Evans’ radio show and met with Piers Morgan. Morgan said they were both part of “the sacked presenter club” and Tubridy’s removal from the airwaves of the national broadcaster was “RTÉ’s loss” as he shared a photo of the pair. Other Irish celebrities have had to issue similar warnings about fake social media profiles in recent months. RTÉ star Doireann Garrihy issued a warning earlier this year after a profile pretending to be the Dancing with the Stars host was running “a money giveaway”. In the same month, singer Una Healy shared another word of warning when a fake account was using her name and “trying to scam people”. Una recorded a video to prove to fans her Instagram account is the only one she has, telling followers to “report and block those scammers because they need to be stopped”.

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