Last updated on Jan 28th, 2021 at 12:21 am
Bonang Matheba is the latest star to become the victim of a fake Twitter page
Queen B’s fans alerted her about an account that was pretending to be her. As if that wasn’t disturbing enough, the person claimed to be giving away bottles of the 32-year-old’s popular House of BNG bubbly.
All tweeps had to do was comment on the post to win.
“I’m giving away 50 bottles of BNG to 50 people, all you need to do is follow me, retweet and comment,” the post read.
While many were excited to get their hands on Bonang’s Brut Rosé Méthode Cap Classiques, some tweeps noticed that the account was nothing but an unverified fake.
South Africa’s media darling urged her followers to report the imitation account, which was using the name @bonang_mm.
Some of her followers said they thought it was a new account and were sad they won’t get a chance to win her bubbly after all.
Njani!!! I’m waiting for my wine . pic.twitter.com/xlItIzBlU6
— Sanele 🇿🇦 (@msanele112) May 25, 2020
Bonang’s fans reported the account as requested and were successful in shutting down the clone page.
It’s not the first time that Queen’s account has been cloned. She’s been a victim several times over the years
The TV presenter is also not the only star who has been targeted.
“Twitter Cloning Alert! There’re people who are busy cloning celebrity accounts. Please make sure you check before interacting with celebrities. Let’s report these accounts,” a Twitter user wrote after spotting a fake Cassper Nyovest page.
Twitter Cloning Alert! 🚨
There’re people who are busy cloning celebrity accounts. Please make sure you check before interacting with celebrities. Let’s report these accounts. @bonang_m pic.twitter.com/DJZ66hG0lb
— Viral Trends (@ViralTrends18) May 24, 2020
One tweep said that he had a theory as to why people were setting up fake celebrity accounts.
“I think people who do this sell these accounts. They are not growing them for themselves. Those follow trains though don’t get you an active following. These fake ones will get loyalists instead of just followers interested in numbers.”
I think people who do this sell these accounts. They are not growing them for themselves. Those follow trains though dont get you an active following. These fake ones will get loyalists instead of just followers intrested in numbers.
— Mayibongwe (@Thanos_codes) May 25, 2020
Lerato Kganyago has also been a victim. Someone started a fake account and promised to give away iPhones if people followed her page
“That was a fake account? Really? I was waiting for my iPhone,” one tweep wrote when Bonang’s fans reminded them about how easy it is to set up up fake pages.
That was a fake account? Really? I was waiting for my iPhone🙆♀️
— Kanyo Bhelekazi Ngwendu (@KanyoKngwendu) May 25, 2020
It looks like Bonang’s fans will just have to pay for their own bubbly.
Queen B announced this week that House of BNG has something new on the way.
— Bonang Matheba 👑 (@bonang_m) May 25, 2020