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Careful who you follow, fake accounts of Pinoy Olympic athletes are spreading online

By AYIE LICSI Published Aug 03, 2021 2:22 pm

As Filipino athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics grow more popular, fake social media accounts using their names begin to surface.

Accounts impersonating Hidilyn Diaz, Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, and others have been going around on Twitter and Lyka where posers have been asking netizens for money.

These athletes aren't verified yet on some social media sites, but you can check out this list of their official accounts verified by ABAP officials:

Hopefully, their accounts will get verified soon but until then, be wary of suspicious messages from accounts using these Filipino athletes' names. And make sure to check their official accounts listed above to see if they have accounts on other sites like Lyka, which posers can use to ask for GEMs.

The athletes have been vocal about the fake accounts, letting their fans and supporters know about them. Some of them have also been asking for help to report these poser accounts to get them down.