The R&B singer appeared on an episode of Dr. Phil, where a woman believed she was engaged to him — only to realize she had been catfished. After the episode aired, Omarion took to social media with some advice so that others would not succumb to such scams.
“Be smart family,” Omarion said in an Instagram update,” according to Billboard. “So many people have stories saying they spoke with me online. I don’t take advantage of people. I respect and appreciate people who support me.”
During the Dr. Phil episode, a fan named Simone shared that she had been in contact with the catfish since October 2020. In addition to already spending $300 for a fake club membership, she shared that the catfish’s manager asked her to pay $3,000 to meet the singer. Despite never meeting in person, the Omarion impersonator asked Simone to marry him when they spoke, leading her to believe the singer was purchasing a ring for her. Simone wasn’t the only one who was catfished, her friend was too, sending around $4,500 to the scammer as well.
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