GARDENERS’ world star Monty Don has warned his followers after discovering a twisted scam.
The 68-year-old TV star is the latest celebrity victim of Instagram impersonation and has urged fans to report the site impersonating him.
Alongside his warning was a cute picture of his beloved dog, Ned, curled up comfortably in his bed.
He captioned the post: “Looking your best…By the way, I’ve been made aware that there are fake Monty Don accounts out there. Ignore or report them. This is the only one (public) (and I never accept followers on the private account that I don’t personally know.)
Monty’s fans responded to the warning in his comments section, with one person commenting, “If Instagram doesn’t do a better job of slicing out spam, I’m not sure if Monty is worth posting, there’s spam aplenty here.”
Another person said, “I’ve spent the last five minutes reporting and blocking spam.”
A third advised: “The ‘real’ accounts also have a blue tick next to their name, which helps too. I love those shiny teeth.”
A fourth added: “A quick gasp that Monty followed me, then a quick realization that of course he didn’t.”
A fifth responded to the post: “Sigh what a world what a world. I have to delete fake accounts almost every day so they don’t follow me.”
Ned joined Monty and the family at their Hertfordshire home in September.
Monty has three dogs in total: a Yorkshire Terrier named Patti and two Golden Retrievers named Nell and Ned.
Monty recently opened up about his lifelong love of dogs, writing on his website: “I’ve lived with dogs my whole life so it’s completely natural for me to have a dog or two to accompany me wherever I am in the garden .” . It is their garden as well as mine or that of another family member.”
The Gardeners’ World star added: “I take it for granted that on the whole they do absolutely no harm and fully respect the garden. They (rarely) dig holes or crash through the flower beds. They take care of the long walks, like bowling alleys, where they chase after the ball that we have to throw, but it’s harmless enough.”
Gardeners’ World airs Fridays at 8pm on BBC Two.