Papa Penny. Picture: Supplied

Eric Nkovani, fondly known as Papa Penny has cleared speculations doing the rounds that he is broke. 

This follows a series of messages sent from his phone number over the weekend asking people for money in his name.

Speaking to the Daily Sun, Papa Penny told them that his number was hacked.

"This is very bad and I wonder how they got hold of my number. People were told to deposit between R5000 and R10 000 as if I was having some cash flow problems," said Papa Penny.

He continued to explain that these scammers told his contacts that he was shooting a TV series and he couldn't talk to stop them from phoning back.

"A lot of damage was done on Friday, I don't know how many people were robbed," Papa Penny told the publication.

The 'Papa Penny Ahee!' star said he suspected that the fraudsters wanted to gain access into his bank accounts but he managed to act quickly to stop them.

This is not the first time the 'Gold Bone' hitmaker was a victim of cybercrime. About two years ago Papa Penny's email was hacked - again scammers asking the singer's s contacts for money.

Papa Penny joins a long list of local stars that have been victims of cybercrime. Recently a fake Twitter account was set up using Mshoza's name and claimed that Cassper Nyovest owes her R100,000.

Mshoza is reportedly taking legal actions against the fraudsters. 

However, it is reported that Papa Penny did not open a case.