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Draya Michele took to Twitter to ask "scamming scammers" a question about paying back a small business loan.

Every two-bit hustler on Black Twitter lurked on her timeline waiting for the answers.

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In her tweet, which is still live on her feed, Draya asked:

"Hey I got a question for my little scamming scammers. Lol. If you get a SBA loan and it's under a business name what are the steps to paying it back and if it is under the business name and you go into default does it go under your personal credit?"

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As you know, the Small Business Administration loosened requirements for pandemic-related loans. Those requirements have since been tightened after every swindler and scam artist took advantage of what they believed was free money.

The Biden Administration created a task force and gave them a wide net to catch most of the amateur scammers who applied for thousands of dollars in loans.

Many of the applicants were from low-income neighborhoods and now reside in a jail cell.

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Anyway, back to Draya's cryptic tweet.

Her followers advised her to delete the tweet before it caused trouble for her.

One Twitter user who used to work for the SBA told Draya that questions like hers motivate the feds to open an investigation.

Others advised the socialite to consult with an attorney or accountant.

Check out more responses below.

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A U.S. court has postponed Nigerian scammer Ramon Abbas's sentencing hearing from Valentine's Day to July 11.

According to reports, the social media influencer's hearing was postponed from February 14 to July 11 by Judge Otis. D. Wright in Los Angeles Superior Court following a request by his defense attorney.

"At the request of counsel, the sentencing is continued to July 11, 2022, at 11:00 am," the judge said in a statement on February 2, 2022.

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Abbas, better known by his Instagram username, Hushpuppi, was convicted of conspiring with others to steal $124 million.

His victims included a U.S. law firm which transferred $40 million to a bank account controlled by Hushpuppi and his associates.
 
RELATED: Nigerian scammer ‘Hushpuppi’ pleads guilty, faces 20 years in prison
 
Hushpuppi, 39, inspired millions of social media followers by sharing photos of his extravagant lifestyle on his still-live Instagram page.

Photos showed Hushpuppi posing with his fleet of luxury vehicles and private jets. He spent millions on designer bags and clothing by Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Fendi. And he counted rappers, professional athletes and Nigerian politicians among his many friends.

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In June 2020, Dubai police raided Hushpuppi's Palazzo Versace penthouse and arrested him. He was extradited from Dubai to Chicago, Il., where a bond request was denied.

He was then transported to Los Angeles, California to face money laundering charges.

On July 28, 2021, Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to money laundering. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison. Upon his release, he will be deported to his home country Nigeria.

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Who knew Kevin Samuels had a shady past? They say he was practically chased out of Oklahoma for allegedly scamming high end stores and fragrance houses.

Before Kevin reinvented himself as a relationship guru on YouTube in 2020, he was allegedly a scammer who scraped by as a fashion consultant and cologne expert.
 
RELATED: Off the Market: Kevin Samuels dating IG Model Brittany Renner?
 
In a YouTube video, an unidentified sales rep at Bloomingdales called Kevin a "con artist" who made a habit of buying expensive colognes and returning the bottles the next day for a refund.

The sales rep claims Kevin made a nuisance of himself in Bloomingdale's and other high end stores in Atlanta.

He allegedly threw his weight around, demanding special treatment in Bloomingdales.

"He's a f****** con artist who comes into stores begging for fragrances," the sales rep said.

After studying video algorithms, Kevin transitioned from reviewing colognes to degrading women on YouTube.

He studied YouTube videos by Tommy Sotomayor and other women haters and basically stole their content.

Kevin, 51, reinvented himself as a suited and booted gentleman with a bit more culture and savoir-faire than Tommy and the others.

Kevin grew his YT following by degrading and insulting Black women under the pretense of helping them to see the error of their ways.

Before long, Kevin had amassed a loyal following of more than 1 million subscribers on YouTube and finally managed to pay off back child support for his teenage daughter in May of last year.

Watch the video below.
 

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Former blogger-turned-consultant Karen Civil is paid a lot of money to be a publicist and a "fixer" for her clients.

Along the way, Karen has managed to make enemies out of her famous clients.

Every 5 years or so, her former clients claim she ripped them off. Then she denies the allegations and the stories fade away.

For example, in 2016, she was accused of stealing $60,000 from rapper Cam'Ron and his cousin.

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The 36-year-old Brooklyn native, pictured left with Haitian actress Garcelle Beauvais, is also accused of scamming a non-profit organization in Haiti.

And in a 2014 Ripoff.com report, Karen was accused of absconding with $5000 that was paid to one of her clients to hop on a track with an unknown rapper.

Recently, Joyner Lucas accused Karen of taking his $60,000 and dipping without providing valuable PR services.

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Despite all of the drama in her professional life, Karen has managed to emerge unscathed.

She was even asked to provide PR services for Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign in 2016.

However, this latest scandal might be the one that cancels Karen Civil for good.

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According to Instagram blogger DJ Akademiks, Karen once disappeared a video that shows rapper Meek Mill assaulting a woman.

He claims:

"The type of chick Karen is, she's a scrappy b*tch who saves artists. I've seen her save artists. She begs platforms like mine, 'Don't embarrass n*ggas.' She's worked for Nicki, Nicki's a f*cked up human being. She's tried to make her seem personable. That's all I'm sayin' my n*gga."

He added:

"Anytime I've had interactions with her, she's makin' f*cked up artists look better. I'm telling you. People who do sh*t—Meek got, apparently, somebody got Meek on video beatin' up a chick, bro! That video never came out! Who made that sh*t never [come] out? Karen, bro!... All of these n*ggas, they need somebody like that because they make mistakes, they f*ck up, they do human sh*t."

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Karen, pictured with client, beauty entrepreneur Ming Lee, has vigorously denied all of the allegations.

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Ramon Abbas, an Instagram influencer from Nigeria, has pleaded guilty to defraud victims out of at least $24 million using email "phishing" scams.

Abbas, 37, was arrested in June in Dubai and extradited to Chicago to face money laundering and wire fraud charges.

Video shows a stunned Abbas in police custody inside his luxury 2-story Versace penthouse with its own pool and jacuzzi in Dubai. A childhood friend visiting him from Nigeria was briefly detained and released by special operations forces and Emerati police officers in June.

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Abbas now faces up to 20 years in prison in the US, after being extradited to Chicago then California last year.

Abbas and his crew hacked into computer systems after unsuspecting victims clicked on phishing links in emails. They then monitored the victims' emails looking for invoices or sales statements.

Abbas and his crew changed the banking info in the invoices, then siphoned the money into their own accounts. Victims included individuals and banks. The thieves stole $1 million meant for a children's hospital in Qatar.

Abbas cultivated an Internet persona that made him an Instagram star around the globe. He often wore expensive designer clothing, shoes and backpacks. His fleet of luxury automobiles worth $3 million were seized by police.

His lawyers told a judge that Abbas is the father of five children, including a child who lives with his mother in Virginia. But the judge ordered Abbas detained until his trial. Abbas was not allowed to stay with a girlfriend's uncle in Homewood, Illinois, because he was considered a flight risk.

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The federal prosecutor said Abbas "never visited" the girlfriend or their child in the United States and there is no evidence that he has ever even met this 'uncle.'

Abbas' lawyer said his client is a social media influencer who earned his millions legally by promoting high end luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Fendi on Instagram.
 


 

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A Florida couple invited guests to their lavish wedding at a 16,300 square foot mansion complete with a tennis court, bowling alley and pool with a waterfall.

In their glossy wedding invitation, Courtney Wilson and Shenita Jones - who referred to themselves as "the Royal couple" - claimed they owned the sprawling $5.6 million mansion with 15 bathrooms.

They called the Southwest Ranches mansion their "dream home" and they said God sent them a message to hold their dream wedding there.

However, the homeowner didn't receive the same message from God.

Nathan Finkel's late father, who owned the mansion, was an early IHOP restaurant franchisee. Finkel recently listed it the home for over $5 million.

Finkel was baffled when Wilson showed up outside the gate on Saturday morning to set up for the wedding.

The homeowner told Wilson he never gave them permission to hold their nuptials there.

"I have people trespassing on my property," Finkel told a 911 dispatcher, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Wednesday.

"And they keep harassing me, calling me. They say they're having a wedding here and it's God's message. I don't know what's going on. All I want is (for) it to stop. And they're sitting at my property right at the front gate right now."

Police arrived promptly and told Wilson and his friends to hit the road. No arrests were made.

Wilson previously toured the home as a potential buyer. He fell in love with the property and fancied himself and his new bride living there.

Then he received the Divine message from God telling him the home was his free and clear.

Squatters around the country claim to receive that same Divine message.

"The guy figured it was a vacant house and didn't realize Nathan lived on the property in a different home," Poliakoff said. "This guy had no idea he lived there. You know the shock that must have been on his face when he showed up at the gate and the owner was home?"

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An aspiring rapper called into The Breakfast Club to accuse washed up rapper Safaree Samuels of scamming him out of $1,000 for a feature on a mixtape.

The Breakfast Club radio co-hosts were discussing reports that comedian Kevin Hart was defrauded out of $1.2 million by a former employee.

They opened the phone lines to the public, and one man called in to say he was scammed by Nicki Minaj's ex.

The man said the scammer was Safaree (and not an imposter) because he DM'd the aspiring producer's blue check (verified) Instagram account.

"This how he got me. He hit me up first actually on Instagram," the aspiring rapper explained.

"He was like, 'Yo, your track is hot.' He told me that he could do a little promo for me, throw my track on Spotify, on the playlist for me and all that for $1,000. So, I paid him, and weeks and months go by. So, I'm hitting him up. He said, 'Oh, I forgot you on this tape so I got you on the next project.' It was supposed to drop in November. So, after November, he completely stopped responding and he basically got me out of $1,000, so I just have to take my L."

Safaree, like other broke artists who were hard hit by the pandemic, created an OnlyFans account to make ends meet.

Safaree did not respond to a blogger's message for a comment on the allegations.
 

 

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A woman who believed she was communicating with pop singer Bruno Mars via text messages was scammed out $100,000 -- her entire savings.

The 63-year-old victim, a resident of Texas, believed she was "in love" with the 35-year-old singer.

The woman told police she assumed she was in contact with 11-time Grammy Award winner "Bruno Mars" after she received text messages showing Mars performing while he was on tour.

In September 2018, "Mars" asked the woman to send him a $10,000 check to help cover his touring expenses, and she agreed, according to authorities.

She went to a local branch of the Wells Fargo bank in North Richland Hills and withdrew a cashier's check made out to "Basil Chidiadi Amadi," a person described as a "friend of the band," according to authorities.

The woman deposited the check into an account at JPMorgan Chase bank.

Two days later, "Mars" contacted the woman again and asked for another $90,000, which she withdrew in a cashier's check that was made out to "Chi Autos" at the request of "Mars," according to TMZ.

The $90,000 check was deposited on September 14, 2018 into a separate bank account at JPMorgan Chase, according to investigators.

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Investigators subpoenaed bank records and traced the two JPMorgan Chase accounts to Nigerian scammer Chinwendu Azuonwu, 39, and his co-conspirator Basil Amadi, 29, both residents of Houston.

Azuonwu, 39, appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges of impersonating Mars on Instagram to swindle the victim out of her life savings.

Azuonwu said he did not know how $90,000 was deposited into his account, according to the criminal complaint. He also denied knowing Amadi or the woman.

Azuonwu and Amadi are charged with third-degree felony money laundering, KPRC-TV reported. Azuonwu's bail was set at $30,000.

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A former employee at a Kroger store in north Georgia is accused of scamming the supermarket chain out of nearly $1 million.

Gwinnett County police say Tre Brown, 19, created more than 40 returns for $980,000 worth of non-existent items, and spread the refunds out over several different credit cards.

The refunds ranged from $75 to more than $87,000, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Corporate employees tipped off law enforcement officers after they noticed the fraudulent transactions while the employee who normally flags unusual transactions was on vacation.

Brown used his ill-gotten proceeds to buy clothes, sneakers, shotguns, and two cars.

Police say the Atlanta teenager had just bought a brand new Chevrolet Camaro when he was arrested Thursday. He has since been released from hail on $11,200 bond, CBS News reported.

Police say a "large sum of money" was returned to Kroger following the arrest.

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Trey Songz is accused of scamming his OnlyFans subscribers to fatten his pockets.

The 36-year-old singer is the latest washed-up celebrity to launch an OnlyFans account to make ends meet until the economy rebounds.

According to Rhymeswithsnitch, disgruntled OnlyFans subscribers claim he charged them $100 for a photo of himself in a shower with a female's hand around his neck.

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His fans are upset because they wanted to see more. His body wasn't even soapy. One fan wrote: "Trey Songz charged his OF subscribers $100 for this pic. djdndsksks worms for brains!"

Celebrities are going broke amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Paid bookings and club appearances are drying up as clubs and other businesses are forced to close down.

Fans don't mind paying for OnlyFans content, as long as the content is risqué and NSFW. They say a photo of Trey from the chest up is not worth $100 or any price.

Question: Would you pay $100 for a picture of Trey Songz?