Oprah Winfrey wants to warn you about a new holiday scam with someone claiming to be her setting up fake accounts.
This is called a "Like-Farming scam." with the scam, fake accounts popped up on Instagram this month. These fake accounts often use real videos, but the profiles on Instagram don't have blue checkmarks indicating they are verified.
Somebody out there is trying to scam you using my name and my avatar on social media, asking for money if you sign up for an OWN account on Instagram," Winfrey says in a video message.
CBS News reports a 63-year-old retiree reported recently seeing a Facebook post claiming Oprah and Tyler Perry were giving away cars and other prizes. The man says he became suspicious when people were asked to send money to Jamaica to cover taxes and fees.
"If they had said I would have won, more than likely I would have sent $750 to Jamaica, because that's just how much I believed in Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey," the man tells CBS News.
Winfrey has been responding to commenters on her official Instagram account, letting them know she is not involved in any giveaways.
"Don't give up any of your bank accounts or personal information to anybody posing as me or anyone else for that matter, and have a Merry Christmas," Winfrey says in her video message.
CBS News reports an Instagram spokeswoman issued an apology to anyone on Instagram "who may have been affected by these fake accounts."
"When we catch violating activity, we work to counter and prevent it, including blocking all accounts," the spokeswoman tells CBS News.