Scamsters hack Somizi's phone, con fan out of rent money
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Somizi Mhlongo is "incredibly angry" and "hurt" after a fan was conned out of his rent money.
The fan was a victim of a sim swap and phishing scam 'set up' in the 'Idols SA' judges name.
Somizi shared the story with Metro FM listeners during his show with DJ Fresh.
The TV personality said: "I never experienced anything like it before. I thought my friends knew me. I'm not the type of person to borrow money, especially over the phone."
Somizi believes the hackers made "a lot of money" out of impersonating him and revealed that a fan lost his rent money to the con artists.
"They made a lot of money because imagine if they had a hundred of my contacts sending them money. One contact that hurt me the most was a friend and a fan who I met last week. He got the message and he deposited his rent money," he said.
Somizi also alerted fans on Instagram that his phone had been hacked. He wrote: "Do not give anyone asking for money using my number or name. (sic)"
A post shared by Somizi (@somizi) on Sep 18, 2017 at 2:53am PDT
Somizi's manager Thato Matuka told TshisaLive hackers gained control of the star's phone and sent messages to his contacts, asking them to bail him out because he urgently needed the cash.
Somizi's contacts were reportedly asked to send him R3 000 via eWallet. Matuka also received one of the "suspicious" text messages.
"I got the message and was immediately suspicious. I tried to call him but they (the hackers) must have put the phone down on me," explained Matuka.
Matuka added that Somizi was "incredibly angry" when her found out that he had fallen victim to the scam, and plans to open a case with the police.
Somizi is not the first celebrity to fall victim to con artists, Anatii, Kwesta, DJ Shimza and Nasty C were also previously targeted.