According to Shaggy, this scamming involves hitting up fans to tell them they somehow owe this faux Shaggy money. The Sting collaborator is now urging his followers to refrain from engaging with these fraudulent social media accounts in any way, shape, or form.
"They are not from me nor do they represent me in any way," Shaggy said in an Instagram note Wednesday. "It saddens me that this has become our reality and that innocent people are being dragged into this ridiculousness."
Shaggy, who hosts the Shaggy & Friends charity event every two years in support of the Bustamante Hospital for Children, recently elaborated on why 2020 would see a pause in the biennial scheduling. According to the artist, his currently hectic schedule simply didn’t allow for the proper planning this time around.
"With all that is happening now with my career including back to back tours and my work on the live TV version of The Little Mermaid, I am booked solid all the way into March of next year," he told Jamaica Observer earlier this month. "So, unfortunately I really don't have the time to wrap my head around planning the event this year. Yes, I have a team, but quite a bit of what happens for that one night rest on my shoulders and those close to me."
He added that the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation will still "continue its work" in support of the Bustamante Hospital in "other creative ways" that require less planning. The 2018 edition of the benefit concert drew in a reported $100 million, which went toward hospital equipment improvements.