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Bret Michaels Impersonators Fool Poison Fans With Online Scam

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Word to the wise, Poison fans: It’s a bad idea to give a stranger your bank information, especially if he’s pretending to be Bret Michaels.

The singing Snapple brewer and bandana enthusiast has issued a public warning regarding a bizarre crop of online impersonators who target unskinny boppers by applying a glam-rock twist to the classic “419 scam,” in which the victim is fooled into providing bank account and routing numbers in order to help an allegedly wealthy person in need (often a “Nigerian prince”) move a large sum of money in a time of crisis. For some reason, a group of scammers have apparently focused on gullible members of the Poison faithful by trying to fool people into thinking Michaels needs cash-transfer assistance.

“It has come to our attention that someone is online saying they are Bret Michaels and that they need help transferring a large sum of money,” reads a post on Michaels’ Facebook page. “They are creating numerous fraudulent Facebook profiles, watching who comments on Bret’s real Facebook page and then reaching out and starting a conversation. They are asking that you do not share the phone number they give you, bring this to management’s attention or tell anyone about their texts to you as they need the information to be confidential. They have also been known to text people who have phone numbers listed in their ‘about me’ sections.”

Urging fans to remain vigilant, the post stresses that the real Bret Michaels would never do something like this, and offers a helpful list of warning signs that you’re being duped by an imposter, such as: “Pages that have Bret’s name spelled wrong by one letter,” “Pages that include poor grammar and numerous misspellings” and “Texts or messages that include poor grammar, bible verses and various demands.”

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