A bogus charity falsely endorsed by HH Sheikh Mansour offered hundreds of thousands to Hollywood celebrities the opportunity to deliver speeches at a conference in Dubai.
Bogus charity using Abu Dhabi Royal’s name and targeting celebrities
There’s a fake charity taking the name of Abu Dhabi’s Deputy Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s name.
They claim to provide shelter and food to the needy, asking people to take a pledge and donate money to the foundation. Judging by the website’s homepage, it looks well made.
Dog The Bounty Hunter offered $430,000
Duane Chapman, aka ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter’ received a too-good-to-be-true offer by the charity, paying him $430,000 (AED 1.5m) to deliver a speech at an economic empowerment convention in Dubai.
Sure, anyone would accept the six-figure paycheck. However, Dog and his agent, Alan Nevins called the host hotels, Burj Al Arab and One & Only The Palm to verify whether the event is happening on 31st August. It turns out there’s no such event.
Things got obvious when the scammers asked Dog for his personal bank details instead of his business account.
Baywatch actresses Donna D’Errico and Krista Allen targeted in scam
Baywatch stars Donna D’Errico and Krista Allen were offered $300,000 paychecks to talk at the event. They confirmed their attendance and signed the deal, but things got fishy from hereon. They were asked to donate half of the funds to their charity, and were asked for more personal details. They withdrew from the event.
The website for the charity is shut down.