Keith Duffy issues plea as autistic daughter is left shaken by cruel hackers

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Keith is not happy that the scammers have attacked Mia
Keith is not happy that the scammers have attacked Mia's account (Image: Press Association Images)

Keith Duffy has spoken of his daughter's trauma after she was left stressed and anxious when her social account was targeted by hackers.

The former Boyzone star is angry after the scammers pretended to be Mia and begun messaging her friends and followers. Keith has been open in the past about how Mia was diagnosed with autism at a young age.

The singer shared that his daughter's Instagram account has been taken over as he requests that people help her out with the issue. Explaining that she is very upset about it all, his fans were quick to comfort the 23-year-old who had been very upset after making the discovery. He wrote: “URGENT  TO ANYONE WHO RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM MY DAUGHTER MIA’S ACCOUNT PLEASE BE AWARE HER ACCOUNT HAS BEEN HACKED AND SCAMMERS ARE SENDING MESSAGES PRETENDING TO BE HER.

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Keith Duffy issues plea as autistic daughter is left shaken by cruel hackersThe former Boyzone star rose to fame alongside Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately and Shane Lynch (Getty Images)

“Please report and ignore all messages. Mia is very private and this has really upset her and caused a lot of stress and anxiety”. His followers were annoyed for the recent Dublin City University graduate and reached out to send support in the comments. One person said: “Hope Mia is alright and they get it sorted soon for her”.

Another told him: “Absolutely sucks how many people are getting their accounts hacked and seems your only safety is to buy a blue tick. I hope it gets sorted for her ASAP x”. A third of his follower mentioned: “Aww bless her it must have been very frightening to have this happen. I was scammed recently and it certainly shakes you up and makes you question everyone.”

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Keith branded himself the 'proudest parent in the world' after Mia graduated from university last summer. It's a moment the Irish singer doubted he'd ever see as she battled again with autism, which began when she was diagnosed at just 18-months-old. Taking to Instagram, Keith wrote: “To all who have followed our story for over 20 years Today marks the biggest milestone ever. Mia Graduating from Dublin City University with honours. A day we where made to believe would never happen.

“We are blessed for all your support and that Mia was given every opportunity to reach her full potential only by never taking ‘No’ for an answer from anyone along the way. We are the proudest parents in the world. Mia herself has always pushed herself and worked hard to achieve her own Goals and continues to do so. Please take the positive from this and See believe and achieve! Yes you can yes we can.“

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