Robert Downey Jr. warning fans of online impersonators

Posted at 12:59 PM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 16:00:44-04

(KGTV) - Actor Robert Downey Jr. took to Twitter Wednesday to warn to fans of scammers impersonating the actor online and requesting "donations."

The "Iron Man" actor wrote he had been alerted that "one or more scam artists" reached out to his fan base online for "donations" for various "causes."

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"Just wanted to let you all know that if you encounter someone on a chat platform claiming to be me, they are lying," Downey Jr. wrote. "I will never ever communicate via private chat platforms, and I would never ask individual fans for money for any reason.

"Any communication from me will originate from my public, verified social media pages, and all fundraising is done via broad, public campaigns."

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The actor is no stranger to hosting fundraising campaigns online. As recently as last month, Downey Jr. posted links to a fundraising campaign in association with Microsoft, promising the chance to visit the actor on set of the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War" film.