Tyler Perry Says Stop Falling for Facebook Scams. He’s Not Giving Away Any Money

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If you are one of the numerous people who blindly share Facebook posts about celebrities or sends those chain Facebook Messenger posts without checking their veracity, this one’s for you.

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Remember a few years ago when a rumor spread on Facebook that Tyler Perry was buying American Airlines? Remember how people kept spreading that rumor despite the fact there was no legacy media coverage of it? A quick Google search will show you how many outlets still have posts up about it even though it has long since been debunked.

When these things happen, it shines a bright spotlight on the lack of general media literacy. It also puts pressure on celebrities, sometimes forcing them to have to clear their name about a rumor they had nothing to do with.

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Such is the case with Tyler Perry.

There is a new information phishing scam making its way around Facebook. It involves a lie that Tyler Perry is giving away $1 million, with some variations saying he is giving away cars, homes and more. Fake pages are being passed around that are requesting personal information from those gullible enough to believe that if Perry were giving away money—or anything else—he would be doing it through something as bootleg as a Facebook page.

Perry himself took to Instagram Tuesday to dispel this latest rumor.

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“I am not giving away anything on Facebook,” Perry says in the video he posted to his personal Instagram account. “I am not giving away any money. My team has to shut down these things every day. There’s a new one popping up. Do not give your information to any of these people. Do not ... give them anything. I don’t know who they are, but every day we have to get 10, 20, 30 of those things shut down on Facebook. I am not giving away anything. This is Tyler Perry. I’m not giving away anything. Please do me a favor: post this everywhere so people will know that it’s not true.”

“Listen, in my life, I’m a giver,” Perry continued. “I give a lot of things to a lot of people, to a lot of employees, random things—cars, houses—that I do. But that is not true, O.K.? The Facebook stuff? I’m not giving away anything. Stop it.”

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So there you have it. Please stop spreading these stories.

And in the future? At least do a little digging before you circulate any others like it.

News Editor for The Root. I said what I said. Period.

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DISCUSSION

Keep your parents off the internet when unsupervised.

Older people do lots of things very well, internetting is not one of them. Even people who hold freaking doctorates will spam and re-share CLEARLY fake ass stories, and terribly fake ass ads for sale items.

You will tell them that the quote or the sale thingie is fake, and link them a snopes article, or the crime stoppers article on this specific phenomenon but they’ll leave the shit up, and other, EVEN OLDER people will come comment on what a great deal that seems like, or how they never knew you could put your ATM pin in backwards to summon an immediate police response. Or that rapists are using a tape of a crying baby, to get you to go into an alley or something.

Half of these folks will click on that fake ad, and have their account hacked. You’ll be thrilled and amazed to learn that an entire generation of people YOU KNOW FOR A FACT CAN READ cannot parse the account recovery instructions.

You’ll start thinking the plot of Logan’s Run doesn’t seem like such a bad idea after all, and then you’ll remember your own age, and cuss and kick something. 

Also NOBODY IS GIVING AWAY THEIR GOOD DRUGS DISGUISED AS HALLOWEEN CANDY. That shit is worth a LOT of money, nobody is just giving out free lots of it, without even a business card.