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Niall Horan of One Direction Used For Fake Facebook Charity Scam

By Daniel Gates

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A prankster cooked up a charity scam by setting up a Facebook page pretending to be Niall Horan of One Direction.

The perpetrator promised to donate $100,000 to a children’s hospital in exchange for 100,000 “likes” on the social network.

But the real Horan was NOT behind the page or the pledge — and One Direction’s management is planning to get Facebook to remove the phony scheme.

“I’m afraid this is not Niall unfortunately,” said a spokesperson for the massively successful boy band. “We will have Facebook shut this down.”

Sadly, celebrity-related hoaxes have become all too common in the era of social media.

But a scam that exploits sympathy for sick children is especially wrong.

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