EastEnders star Jake Wood sends out angry warning as Instagram fraudster tries to scam his fans

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Jake Wood has been forced to warn his fans that an Instagram fraudster pretending to be him is on the loose.

The actor, who is soon to leave long-serving Max Branning behind in EastEnders, is angry that the fraudster hasn't yet been hauled off the social media platform.

He has issued a warning to his followers, asking them to report the account as soon as possible.

The 48-year-old was livid after finding out the imposter was sending messages to people pretending to be him.

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He shared a screenshot of the account, with the handle @mr_jakewood – and told fans to beware.

Some told the star that the person behind the profile had already been in touch with them.

The star wrote: "It has come to my attention that this cretin @mr_jakewood is messaging a lot of my followers pretending to be me. Please report & block. Thanks".

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He has reached out to Instagram to try and do something about the fake account.

One fan wrote: "I had this too, my heart skipped a beat at the thought of you following me".

Another said: "Yer he messaged me."

It's tough enough for his fans at the moment as they brace themselves for his Albert Square exit.

However, Jake has hinted at a possible future return for much-loved Max.

Jake, 48, says he is "very pleased" BBC bosses aren't ruling out a return one day.

He opened up to Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain about his big exit in the weeks ahead and dropped a big hint.

Troubled Max won't be killed off – and that, he says, means anything is possible in the future.

He told Piers last month: "One of the security guys when I drove in last week said, 'Sorry to hear you're leaving, are you going in a cab or a coffin?'

"It’s not going to be a cab exactly but they’re leaving the door open so I’m very pleased for that."

Jake is trying his hand at directing after filming his final scene in December.

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