News Organizations Post About a ‘Jang Wonyoung Scam’ – But It’s Not True, Making Fans Angry

It wasn’t meant to be taken seriously.

Recently, news sources reported a scam involving impersonation: I’M THE OWNER‘S Jang Wonyounghowever, this has raised concerns among fans due to misinformation.

Jang Wonyoung | @for_everyoung10/Instagram

The news claimed that people were receiving messages from people pretending to be Jang Wonyoung and making requests, according to online communities. Google Play Gift Cards.

The news also posted a screenshot of a netizen’s hoax message. The scammer, claiming to be Jang Wonyoung, claimed that their phone was broken and they sent a text via a text message service called. Munjara Nara. They also stated that they were in a hurry before Google Play asked for their gift cards.

A scammer pretending to be Jang Wonyoung sent the same message twice. | Sports Kyunghyang

To show, I’m Jang Wonyoung from IVE.
My phone screen is shattered so I am sending this message from Munja Nara. I’m in a rush right now, so can you get ten ₩10.0 million KRW (approximately USD 7,520) Google gift card from a convenience store and send it to me?

However, Jang Wonyoung fans were stunned when they saw this news, not because it was a scam, but because it wasn’t true.

| @for_everyoung10/Instagram

A twitter The user posted a picture of a news article about the scammer allegedly impersonating Jang Wonyoung, and left a message saying that his friend sent the message and that is not true.

Wait, I’m shocked. Fuck it, that’s my friend. How many times do I have to say this? is is. Negative. sound. e-fraud.

— @kim_tofu_

This tweet was posted on FM KoreaA Korean online community and other fans confirmed that the text message was a prank between two friends who are fans of Jang Wonyoung.

Netizens revealed in the comments that the fan whose friend sent the message posted it as a meme on their fan account because it’s normal for fans to post memes. However, some fans misunderstood the situation and context and posted this to an online community, which later spread despite not being a true phishing scam.

Jang Wonyoung art of a fan | @Reflux000/Twitter

In fact, even the text message starts with “”.To show,“This is what younger brothers call older sisters or women. It wouldn’t make sense for Jang Wonyoung to call anyone”to show“When she is a woman.

| FM Korea
  • “They were kidding themselves, so how did this spread? Ah, they posted it on an online community… Didn’t they say it was a joke? Trash reporters would have definitely believed that back then.
  • “Fans were posting memes on Jang Wonyoung’s fan account as they usually do, but some stupid Jang Wonyoung fans thought it was voice phishing and stuff and uploaded it to online communities. That’s how it happened.”
  • “LOL that was a meme… hard to follow…”
  • “I must be old. I don’t even understand what Meme is trying to say. What’s funny?”
  • “Who jokes like that? They finally uploaded the picture and gave material to garbage journalists.”
  • “Show LOL”

Many netizens also criticized journalists for not doing proper research before publishing the article. They used the derogatory word “기레기” (giraegiIt is a mix of the words “garbage” and “journalist” used to describe an unskilled journalist.

| FM Korea
  • “Let me say only one thing: Giraegi.”
  • “Reporters these days don’t do any research and just copy stuff from online communities. First they need to check if it’s a joke. There’s a reason they’re called Giraegi.
  • “Ask Giraegi…”
  • “I think giraegis are copying posts from online communities and getting paid. They’re so jealousㅠㅠ”
  • “The reason why there is no difference between YouTubers and reporters.”
  • “Do reporters need to get certificates or something?”
  • “I will remember the reporter’s name and ignore their reports in the future lol”
Source: Sports Kyunghyang and FM Korea

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