If you’ve recently received a personal message from actor Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World), you might want to look twice. Pratt announced on his official Instagram page that an imposter has created several social media accounts in his name, using them to send inappropriate messages to women online.
Pratt wrote on Instagram:
“It terrifies me to think someone could be hurt, their feelings or much worse, by this imposter/potential predator. I’ve had many, many people tell me about this. It’s not an isolated incident. If anyone is in contact with this person block them immediately.”
At the end of his message, he closes with a message to the imposter directly: “Go find Jesus. Praying for you.”
PERVY DUDE ALERT!!! (Not a joke) It’s confirmed: somebody is trying to pretend to be me on Facebook (and maybe other social media platforms) apparently hitting on a lot of different female fans, trying to get their numbers and who knows what else. I’m not joking. Please know, I find this behavior reprehensible. If I find out who it is I’ll have their account shut down and seriously would like to punch them right in the GD mouth. You hear that imposter!? Stop. My message to any fans who are contacted by someone claiming to be Chris Pratt: Look for the BLUE “VERIFIED” CHECKMARK next to the name. If there is no checkmark by my name that person is an imposter. I’m sorry. Tell your siblings. Educate our young ones. It’s probably mostly kids who would fall for this. Makes me sick. It terrifies me to think someone could be hurt, their feelings or much worse, by this imposter/potential predator. I’ve had many, many people tell me about this. It’s not an isolated incident. If anyone is in contact with this person block them immediately. If it’s you doing it, I’m warning you. Stop right now or you will@be very unhappy with the outcome. Go find Jesus. 🙏 praying for you.
Pratt has always been open with his faith. In 2016, he erected a cross on a California hillside for Easter, posting about it on Instagram. It is always encouraging when celebrities publicly pronounce their faith.
The blue checkmark indicates a verified celebrity profile.
If you or your child has been contacted by someone claiming to be a celebrity, look for the blue “verified” checkmark next to their name. If the account seems suspicious, immediately block that person and report the profile.
Educating your kids on Internet safety is crucial in an era when predators lurk online. Monitoring their Internet usage through parental controls and providing access to safe entertainment options (like PureFlix.com) allows you to teach your children how to navigate today’s culture with wisdom.