Virgin Media star Elaine Crowley has found herself the target of another online scam.
The broadcaster has taken to social media once again to warn fans against the fraudulent ads, with fake accounts now using her image to promote weight loss pills.
Elaine branded the experience ‘exhausting and upsetting’, with fans and friends flooding her comments with love and support following the incident.
‘**Scam please report if you see this page** Can’t believe this is happening again,’ Elaine began, sharing a screenshot of the latest scam with fans.
‘So sick of Facebook and Instagram scams using my image and impersonating me. It’s exhausting and upsetting, especially when people are losing their hard earned money. Do better @meta #scamalert.’
The post in question comes from a fake account using Elaine’s images, with the post showing a series of snaps of the star hosting Ireland AM.
The scam reads; ‘Ladies, I didn’t expect that me loosing weight would cause so many questions. I’ve had so many messages that my Instagram was flooded with dm’s! Instead of replying to each person separately I’ve decided to make a post about it.’
‘Yes, I have lost 41 pounds over a period of 2 month. My recent photos weren’t edited in Photoshop. Now I weight 125 pounds and I am hoping to loose 7-12 more.’
Elaine went on to share a separate post detailing the scam product being flogged, revealing the fake page had used her images to promote a keto apple cider vinegar gummy.
Coming to Elaine’s defence, former Big Brother star Hughie Maughan commented; ‘You’ve always looked amazing for one and two I can’t believe these so called companies can just do this, it happens to loads of women in media it’s ridiculous.’
‘Omg. I’m so sorry,’ Derry Girls star Siobhan McSweeney added.
‘You always look amazing. But how do these get away with it. So annoying and upsetting for you, too,’ one fan praised.
This isn’t the first time Elaine has had her images used in an online scam, with the broadcaster having been notified of ads using her face with a dramatic clickbait-style headline just last month.
The scam ads posted photos of Elaine with a caption that reads; ‘She didn’t know that the microphone was on. This might be an end to her career.’
Elaine warned followers not to be hoodwinked by the ads, writing; ‘**SCAM ALERT**. Hey if any of you see pages like this featuring me, would you report them?’
‘They are going around FB [Facebook] and insta [Instagram]. Wish there was an actual person I could speak to at @meta – it’s getting exhausting at this stage. #scam #fedup #fakenews.’
Elaine’s followers were quick to show her support in the comments. One wrote: ‘And here was me thinking you were raking in the bitcoin living your best life. Ah but seriously that’s annoying, i’ve reported them a few times already.’
‘Eeeek… That’s so gross. Will report any if I spot them,’ another added.
‘I’ve seen a few this week of you and other ones of Tommy bowe… such a load of rubbish and always the same headings. I’ve blocked them all but keep seeing them!’ a third shared.