DJ Maphorisa’s 13-Year-Old Zimbabwean Prodigy Falls Victim To Nigerian Scammers
DJ Maphorisa’s talented Zimbabwean prodigy, 13-year-old Andrea The Vocalist, has fallen victim to Nigerian scammers.
Using the name Egoh Noble, the scammer or scammers are masquerading as Andrea The Vocalist by using his pictures and posting updates stolen from the Zimbabwean prodigy’s official Facebook page.
Andrea The Vocalist’s manager Tendai Joe confirmed the development to a State publication. He said constant checking of their social media pages allowed him to come across the page.
Joe said he was ignored by the group’s admin when he reached out requesting they take it down. Tendai Joe said:
I’m always checking on our social media pages and as I was doing so, I figured out that there was this page and I started investigating. Initially, I thought it was a fan page, but then I noticed that the content posted was in Andrea’s voice. I then reached out to the guy and asked the individual to take down the page, but he ignored me.
He added that there is a possibility the impostor will scam people using Andrea The Vocalist’s identity. Joe said that this could jeopardise the talented musician’s career, hence they are determined to have the page taken down. Tendai Joe said:
This is a very delicate situation where these fake pages can be used for scams, be it BitCoin or forex trading scams as well as bookings, donations, and sponsorships on Andrea’s behalf. This might even jeopardise his career and that’s why we’re adamant to unmask this impostor.
Tendai Joe said as a precautionary measure, they are now using one number for booking and business engagements. He said:
The modus operandi for these kinds of fake pages/groups also includes pushing harmful content links. As a precautionary measure, we would like to encourage anyone who wants to contact us to use only one number; +27719715992
In related news, Andrea The Vocalist will have a busy weekend. This weekend his interview will be aired as a BBC Africa special feature. He will also release the video to his first single Uhambo with South African musician Aubrey Qwana on his YouTube channel on Friday.