DAWN French has condemned scammers using her image to flog diet pills as dangerous and exploitative.
The Vicar of Dibley star hit out after her face was used in social media ads for controversial ketone pills.
The tablets, costing between £20 and £30, are billed as the UK’s strongest legal fat-burner — despite no supporting evidence from nutritionists or scientists.
Multi-Bafta-winner Dawn, 63, told The Sun: “I think this might be the fifth time I’ve had to shut down these s****y scoundrels — using my name illegally to sell their crappy pills. It infuriates me. It’s a total rip-off.
“What a stinky way to exploit trusting folk who might well already be in a pickle with their self-esteem.
“I can’t stand that I am associated in any way — and none of us know what actually is in these pills.
“So much damage can be done. It’s truly dangerous.”
Dawn, who is currently recording a new BBC Radio 4 drama by David Quantick, has previously spoken about losing seven stone.
However, after shedding the weight through healthy eating and exercise in 2014, she made it clear she did not want to become a poster girl for dieting.
But the ads for Diet Keto Pills suggest Dawn’s “magical transformation” was down to the “right mix of low carbohydrates and excessive fat” found in the keto pills.
The ketogenic diet — made popular by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian and Halle Berry — came from a high-fat, medium-protein, low-carb regimen used to treat children with epilepsy.
Holly Willoughby, Cheryl Tweedy and Susanna Reid are among stars who have previously been targeted by diet pill scammers.
Nutritionists say the pills encourage impressionable youngsters to develop eating disorders.