Sam Heughan wants the best for his Outlander fans, and he’s making sure an important message gets out to them.
On November 15, the 41 year old Scottish actor took to his Instagram Stories to warn his followers about a new scam that is using his name. “Please be careful on social media. So many scammers, he wrote. I will never reach out or message on Instagram/ Twitter/ WhatsApp/ Google hangout etc. or ask for money. If it’s not verified, it’s not me Nor will my agent/assistant/publicist/etc.
While Sam, who plays Jamie Fraser on the Starz drama, didn’t specify what prompted the cautionary advice, it isn’t the first time he’s dealt with fraudulent activity. In December 2020, a woman in the U.S. came forward after Sam posted a similar warning on his social media accounts. It was then that she realized an online scammer had conned her out of her life savings, a total of $45,000, believing that she was investing in his scotch whiskey brand, Sassenach Spirits.
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Shortly after, a second woman from the Netherlands spoke out after reading about this account. She also claimed that an imposter reached out to her and convinced her she was in a relationship with Sam. Though she didn’t hand over any money, she was reportedly ready to end her marriage and buy a home with the fraudster.
Before his latest warning to fans, the Outlander actor retweeted screenshots of a scam attempt when it was brought to his attention on Twitter in March. Total scam. Please be careful x, he wrote.
Outlander fans have been reading Diana Gabaldon’s books since the 1990s, dissecting every little detail. So when Outlander was turned into a Starz drama in 2014, those who loved the book series started to do the same with the TV series. Many readers will remember one particular raunchy moment in the fourth book Drums of Autumn.