Topic: Facebook Con-Artists pretending to be Joe Bonamassa
As the person responsible for Joe Bonamassa's official Facebook Page, I'm saddened and angered to have to make this post, but this is a serious problem that needs to be officially addressed.
If anyone claiming to be Joe Bonamassa has contacted you, or someone you know via Facebook or other social media, they are not Joe Bonamassa.
Here's how the scam works:
Someone will contact you on Facebook (especially if you are female) typically using Facebook Messenger.
They will take their time building your confidence, thanking you for being a fan, etc.
They will ask you for your cellphone number, give you theirs (trust us, they're untraceable).
Eventually they will tell you they need money, or assistance (which always eventually becomes money).
This scam has been around as long as social media has been around. Almost every (usually male) celebrity has to deal with this, from Sports Heroes to TV & Film stars, and definitely musicians.
Here's a news report about Scammers pretending to be Kid Rock:
http://www.clickondetroit.com/consumer/ … h-facebook
We work closely with Facebook corporate to kill these profiles, but they create them as quickly as we can delete them and will not stop any time soon.
They're easy to spot, if you search Facebook for "Joe Bonamassa", go to the People tab, you will likely see some profiles where they stole Joe's pictures in an attempt to duplicate his profile. The profile is never more than a week old (we do weekly sweeps of these profiles) and typically have only a few (again, usually female) friends.
Notify us if this has happened to you or someone you know, tell your friends and fellow fans, and thanks for helping in any way you can. You can email me directly, it's my first name at JR-Adventures.com
(Never type your email out in a forum, bots could snag it!)
Here's the official page we created to inform Facebook fans they've been the target of a common scam:
Scott Macaluso, JBWM