Kate Beckinsale has shared her horrific experience at the hands of catfishers who would dupe victims into showing up at her home address – revealing how she was forced to move homes after strange men ‘arrived on her doorstep late at night’.
Addressing her 5.5 million Instagram followers on Wednesday, the 49-year-old actress revealed that over lockdown ‘several men’ were catfished online by ‘scammers’ who posed as her and conned the guys into thinking they were in a relationship with her – before inviting them to turn up at her Los Angeles home.
The Hollywood star revealed that the onslaught of men left her and then-boyfriend Goody Grace, 25, living in fear, while the catfish victims were left ‘humiliated’ at learning the truth, with some ending up getting arrested.
Scammers were so desperate to fool their victims that they even created fake social media profiles for her beloved cat Clive, who has become an internet celebrity due to his presence on Kate’s Instagram account.
In a bid to hammer home the point that she would never personally reach out on social media, she shared a video skit by comedian Jimmy Wyngarde, in which he played a deluded man convinced he had entered into a cyber relationship with Kate.
Shocking: Kate Beckinsale has shared her horrific experience at the hands of catfishers who would dupe victims into showing up at her home address (pictured last month)
Leave him out of it! Scammers were so desperate to fool their victims that they even created fake social media profiles for her beloved cat Clive
Kate captioned the amusing clip: ‘Reposting this because a) @wyngarde_the_great (whom I don’t personally know) made it and it’s funny and really well done and b) can this please be the definitive answer to anyone who thinks I am messaging them or talking to them on google hangouts or asking them for money or sending pictures of my passport or driving license – or that my personal assistant is messaging them on my behalf or anything in that vein – it’s absolutely NOT me and you are being horribly taken advantage of and please report and block anyone doing this to you.
‘During lockdown several men had been catfished to the degree that they flew to Los Angeles from out of state, had been given my home address and arrived on my doorstep late at night (on different nights, over a couple of week period) thinking we were in some sort of relationship.
‘My boyfriend at the time and I were completely freaked out, the catfished guys were humiliated and some of them arrested, the scammers weren’t caught and I ended up ultimately having to move house.
‘So long story short, if you think I’m messaging you, it’s not me. Thanks again to @wyngarde_the_great, @jacobcharmon and @guy_pearson0 for putting it so perfectly xxx’.
Kate’s fans were quick to offer their support, revealing they’d been approached by scammers impersonating the star but had ignored the messages.
One follower revealed that there were fake profiles circulating impersonating her Persian cat.
He shared: ‘ Sadly I’ve actually had maybe messages from ones on here pretending to be you and select others (now if a fake Clive profile pops up???) and Facebook, even used your profile photo to try and lure me, but I was smart and thought now damn way in hell….. Then cried in the shower (not really or did I?). ❤️’
Shocked Kate responded: ‘oh god not Clive too is nothing sacred.’
Another fan lightened the mood by quipping: ‘@katebeckinsale Oh, I’ve been waiting on Wolverhampton station for you for 3 hours, now where the f are you Kate? P.s Just the five minute argument will do me for now ok’; prompting Kate to reply: ‘hahaha❤️’.
Shocking: The Hollywood star revealed that the onslaught of men left her and then-boyfriend Goody Grace, 25, living in fear
Poor Clive: Kate’s fans were quick to offer their support, revealing they’d been approached by scammers impersonating the star but had ignored the messages.
Oh dear: Another fan lightened the mood by quipping that he’d been duped
At the time of the onslaught of catfishers, Kate was dating Canadian singer, Goody.
The couple split in October 2020 after nine months of dating and just three months after publicly declared their love for one another.
Their relationship raised eyebrows at the time because Goody is just two years older than her daughter, 22-year-old Lily, who she shares with her former partner of eight years, Michael Sheen.
A source told PEOPLE that the split was ‘not a big deal for Kate’, adding ‘It was great for Kate to have him around during the lockdown.’
The source went on to state that Goody ‘is young and has other priorities than her,’ and that Kate ‘totally gets it.’
Kate was previously married to director Len Wiseman for 12 years, only to file for divorce in 2016.
Meanwhile, Kate’s post comes after she sparked concern earlier this month as she revealed she was suffering from a mystery ailment.
She took to Instagram to share a selfie displaying her IV drip as she revealed she’d been going through a ‘tough time’.
Adding to her woes, the Underworld star revealed her beloved cat Clive was also struggling and had been admitted to the vet.
Alongside a series of snaps, the mother-of-one penned: ‘Tough week or two for both of us .Thanks to everyone who has been loving us through.
‘Prayers up for my Clive and brighter days ahead x’.
Kate did not specify either her own or her cat’s health issues but fans were quick to share their support and well wishes.
Former flame: At the time of the onslaught of catfishers, Kate was dating Canadian singer, Goody Grace, 24. The couple split in October 2020 after nine months of dating (pictured May 2020)