Journey's Neal Schon Says An Imposter Is Scamming His Fans With Phony I.D.


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Journey founder and guitarist Neal Schon is warning his fans about an online imposter who is trying to scam them by charging hundreds of dollars for meet-and-greets.

Schon says the scammer is offering the meetings via private messages. They have even sent victims photos of a driver's license with Schon's picture to convince them that they are truly communicating with him.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer wrote that the situation is especially frustrating as he grieves the death of Journey's longtime former manager who passed last week.

"I’ve been very busy working and trying to heal from the pain from loss of Herbie Herbert and there is a low life imposter acting like they are me asking you to write me privately," Schon wrote via a Facebook update. "Know that this is not me. Always check for the blue [verified] dot. I do not have any other account."

He implored the con-artist who "have some decency please" and confirmed that the driver's license photo being sent to people is fake.

Further, Schon recommended anyone who receives a message from the scammer to report the account. He says he will press criminal charges if possible, as this is not the first time he's been impersonated online.

Pandemic isolation seems to have brought about an increase in social media scams, especially where public figures are concerned.

Back in January, Poison's Bret Michaels called the imposter scams an "epidemic going on during this pandemic," noting that several of his fans had be defrauded out of hundreds of dollars by someone claiming to be him. He urged his followers not to engage with unverified accounts and even addressed one particular case on an episode of Dr. Phil.


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