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Hackers allegedly target late actor Matthew Perry’s X account

A foundation set up in honour of the Friends star appeared to be the intended target.

Hackers have allegedly targeted late actor Matthew Perry’s X account
Matthew Perry Hackers have allegedly targeted late actor Matthew Perry’s X account (Ian West/PA)

The X account of late US actor Matthew Perry has allegedly been targeted by hackers.

A foundation set up in honour of the Friends star, who died in October at the age of 54, appeared to be the target as a link to make donations highlighted at the top of his social media page seemingly re-directed donors to a copycat site.

An Instagram post from the Matthew Perry Foundation said: “We have received reports that Matthew’s official X page has been hacked and is directing users to a fraudulent site soliciting donations via cryptocurrency.

“Please do not donate to this site or share the fraudulent posts on social media.

“MatthewPerryFoundation.org is the only website associated with the Foundation, and we are only accepting donations through this site.”

A caption added: “This is the only official Matthew Perry Foundation Instagram account, and we will only ever post official Foundation communications.

“Please report imposter accounts, and do not submit donations through any channel other than MatthewPerryFoundation.org. #MatthewPerry.”

In December, Perry’s death was ruled an accident from the “acute effects of ketamine”.

The actor, who most famously played Chandler Bing in hit US sitcom Friends, was found “unresponsive in the pool at his residence” on October 28.

Perry was open about his battle with substance abuse and addiction, setting up a sober living facility for men with similar issues.

Following his death, the foundation was set up in his name to help those struggling with addiction.

Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel Green, was among those who urged support of the foundation set up to “honour his legacy”.

The actor was recently honoured during the in memoriam segment at the SAG Awards.

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