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Robert Downey Jr. Slams Impostors, Warns Fans Not To Fall For Donation Scams

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Robert Downey Jr. took to his social media pages on Wednesday to slam impostors who are trying to scam fans into donating money to illegitimate causes. See the actor’s statement below.

In a message simulatenously posted to Downey’s verified Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts, the star addressed his “dearest fans,” “ducklings, honeybunnies or otherwise.” He then stated, “It has come to my attention that one or more scam artists have taken to impersonating me online and asking some of you via private message or chat for ‘donations’ for various ’causes.’ Just wanted to let you all know that if you encounter someone on a chat platform claiming to be me, they are lying.”

Downey continued, “I will never ever communicate via private chat platforms, and I would never ask individual fans for money for any reason. Any communication from me will originate from my public, verified social media pages, and all fundraising is done via broad, public campaigns. I am constantly humbled by the incredible love, support, and generosity of our little community. Some want to take advantage of that, so let’s have each other’s backs.” He added, “Love you all, and stay safe…”

As Gossip Cop reported, in 2015 Downey partnered with Omaze to give fans the opportunity to walk the red carpet at the world premiere of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, provided they donated money in honor of Julia’s Home, a children’s hospice. Further showing his commitment to philanthropy, last year Downey and co-star Chris Evans met with a sick fan at the request of friend Gwyneth Paltrow. Unfortunately, though, the actor is not the first celebrity whose good intentions have been twisted for evil purposes.

Two years ago, both Matt Bomer and Sophia Bush slammed social media impostors, who were trying to dupe fans with fraudulent profiles on Facebook and Instagram. “For the record I don’t have a Facebook account so whoever is responding to people, and making up details of my life please stop,” the actor urged. Months prior, Bush told her supporters, “I’m truly sorry to each of you who has received a comment or DM from this person and thought that it was me. I know it’s a letdown.”

She went on to say, “I’m not sure what leads to people to behave this way. To manipulate strangers, to take advantage of somebody’s fans, and to toy with people’s emotions. It’s cruel. It’s creepy. It’s insulting… Whoever you are. Please grow up. Get kind. And find something better to do,” she asks. “I don’t appreciate you using my name to take advantage of people. #poserssuck #block #report.”

Last week, Downey was also victimized with a story that outrageously linked him to pedophilia. See his full statement to fans below.

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