Radio presenter Danielle McMurrich warns scammers are cloning her Facebook profile to scam unsuspecting Australians

A radio host has issued an urgent warning about scammers fraudulently cloning her Facebook profile to defraud unsuspecting Australians out of thousands of dollars.

Danielle McMurrich, breakfast host at HOT 100 Darwin, has urged her fans to avoid giving out their credit card details after a number of fake social media accounts and events made the rounds.

“My Facebook page has been duplicated several times over the past two weeks and is being used to scam people,” she said.

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“Please stay alert and share.”

Danielle McMurrich has issued an urgent warning about scammers fraudulently cloning her Facebook profile to defraud unsuspecting Australians out of thousands of dollars. Credit: Danielle McMurrich

One of the fake accounts claiming to be Danielle appeared to be giving 20 “lucky” people a special prize of $1,000 each.

The radio station released a statement warning its listeners to avoid clicking on fake accounts impersonating its radio presenters, including Danielle, also known as DJ Delicious.

“Please be warned about fake profiles claiming to be us or claiming to be accounts associated with us. We will NEVER ask for your credit card details,” the message read.

“If you see an account impersonating us or as one of the Hot 100 affiliates, please report the profile as spam/fake account to Facebook. We appreciate your cooperation.”

One of the fake accounts claiming to be Danielle appeared to be giving 20 “lucky” people a special prize of $1,000 each. Credit: Facebook
A Facebook profile posing as Danielle pops up to give a fan instructions on how to fill in their personal information to claim a prize. Credit: Facebook

Northern Territory Deputy Consumer Commissioner Rebecca Davey said there were signs to suggest an account is fake, including misspellings in names and things that don’t match.

“For example, if they offer a prize then why would you need to give your credit card details, it just doesn’t make sense,” Rebecca told HOT 100FM.

“Scammers rely on you to act quickly and not consider things carefully, so slow down and take the time to examine things thoroughly.”

She said scammers are getting creative with the methods they use to trick people into handing over their hard-earned money.

“It’s a bit of an emergent strategy where scammers obviously use celebrities or local identities to trick people into thinking something is legit and then take your money or personal information away from them,” Rebecca said.

“Unfortunately many scammers are located overseas which makes it very difficult when we don’t have jurisdiction, but reporting it is the first step you can take to take action in the fight against them. .”