ITV producers issue warning to soap fans as Sue Cleaver admits to being target for AI weight loss scam

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Coronation Street and Emmerdale fans warned over fake scam accounts online.

ITV bosses have issued a warning to soap fans about the dangers of fake accounts on social media. Coronation and Emmerdale social media accounts shared a warning message explaining to viewers that some of the actors on their shows are sometimes impersonal by scammers and to be aware. 

Taking to social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter the ITV soaps wrote: “Please be mindful that the Coronation Street and Emmerdale actors are often impersonated on social media platforms by scammers who set up fake accounts on platforms such as Facebook, X, Instagram, TikTok and Telegram.

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“As producers of both programmes, we feel we should warn viewers that this is happening, and noticeably more frequently of late. Please take great care when conversing on social media and be vigilant about these fake accounts by reporting them to the appropriate platform.”

Coronation Street actress Sue Cleaver appeared on Friday’s (June 14) Loose Women explaining that she had been impersonated for an AI weight loss scam. Sue said: "It's mortifying, the amount of messages I have had on Instagram, saying: 'I've spent over £100 on these items based on that [scam videos].

"All I can do is apologise, I have put things out on social media, as me, saying: 'It's not me, if it's not off my official site with a tick, I guarantee it's not going to be me.' At the moment, there is nothing to protect any of us. We're at the very beginning of AI... and it terrifies me."

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