R&B singer Omarion took to social media to advise his fans after a catfishing victim who appeared on the Dr. Phil show claimed she was engaged to the singer. But it turned out the person the woman was speaking to was a catfish pretending to be the singer. And besides asking the woman, Simone, to marry him, the catfish also swindled her out of some $4,500, Vibe reported.
“Be smart family,” the Ice Box singer shared on Instagram on Monday. “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 her appearance on the show, Simone said she had been unable to meet the 38-year-old singer because his “manager” said she had to pay a $3,000 fee. She also said she had been in contact with her supposed beau since October 2020, adding that she accepted his marriage proposal last year.
And though it appeared Simone was not convinced when Omarion’s manager attempted to clarify certain things to her during an appearance on the show, the reality seemed to hit her when the singer himself addressed the incident in a video message.
“It’s crazy to how far these people we go to convince and manipulate my fans to think that they are actually speaking with me,” the Bump, Bump, Bump singer said. “From sending fake driver’s licenses and passports and even FaceTiming them claiming that it was a bad connection.”
Omarion also rendered a direct apology to Simone and also let her know they are not romantically involved.