Baywatch stars Donna D’ Errico and Krista Allen (inset)
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DUBAI – Two stars of popular TV series Baywatch were among five celebrities targeted by a fake charity that used the name of a UAE sheikh in a bid to cheat them of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Baywatch stars Donna D’ Errico and Krista Allen told entertainment website TMZ that they received an email from the bogus Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation offering them $300,000 to make a speech at a convention at a luxury hotel resort in Dubai on August 31.
The actresses signed the contract but backed out later after the fake organisers said they were having problems sending the payment. Alarm bells went off after the scammers asked the stars to send back half of the fee as a donation.
As of Tuesday (August 27), the website www.mansourfoundation.org was still online.
Earlier this month, US reality TV star Duane Lee Champman, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Taylor Armstrong and media personality Madison Hildebrand were reportedly approached by the bogus foundation and offered fees of up to $430,000 to speak at the charity event.
Champman said he was asked to first donate $250,000 back to the foundation. The actor signed the contract but called off the deal after his agent couldn’t reach the organisers on the phone.
Armstong tweeted that she was also targeted by the same scammers. “They sent me a fake cashiers check from a business bank to Chase bank and asked me to come speak about domestic victims rights — my passion and my cause #sickpeople,” she said. DAJ/Expat Media
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