This past week while I was checking in on my Twitter page answering my Tweets and seeing what was going on in the Twitter world, a Tweet came in from one of my Followers. There it was a “Fake Account” of Sheri Lynn, me in all my glory, meaning my profile picture and 6 of my latest tweets. I must say these people who choose to do this sort of thing can work rather quickly. At that particular time this “Fake” was already following around 160 people and there were 0 Followers. So, thought good, they must have just made it up. When looking into it further they had just started it on non-other than April Fool’s day!
Here it was April 2nd and I wanted to get this “Fake” account shut down as soon as possible. So, reported it the quick way, like when I find “Fake” accounts following me, but felt I needed to go further with reporting it. I am fairly new to Twitter so a did a little Google search on how to get this taken down as quickly as possible. So, went to the Twitter support site like it suggested and reported what was going on.
To my surprise in order to get this taken care of quickly I had to prove to them who I was. I was thinking to myself, why is it the bad guy always ruins it for the good guy? But went along with it, Twitter asked for a copy of a pass port or a copy of a driver’s license in order to clear it up. So, I responded quickly to their request. In the mean time this “Fake Sheri Lynn” was racking up some Followers! They were up to 30 followers in just a few hours, so I felt the need to contact these people to warn them of the “Fake” account. I was able to contact several, and thankfully they unfollowed the fake account and stayed with me.
When I started my account 2 ½ years ago, I didn’t realize how to tell a “Fake” from the real deal, but quickly learn about the blue circle with the check mark in the middle. My first encounter with a “Fake” account was with someone pretending to be non-other than Country Artist Alan Jackson! I was so excited, Alan Jackson was following little ole’ me! Ha! Ha! The joke was on me, all of a sudden, I get a Direct Message from what I thought was Alan Jackson, the excitement grew even that much more! Yipee! Alan had something to say to me! I thought maybe he had listened to one of the songs I posted and tagged him in at the time. Nope! It was the fake Alan Jackson asking me out on a date and wanting my phone number!! Right then and there, I knew oh my gosh I am in for a big surprise on Twitter!
So since then I have encountered just about every single Country Artist, and many like Travis Tritt, Toby Keith, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Mark Wills, and many more with not just once or twice I am talking like 20 or more “Fake” imposters for these artists. So, my thought is to help these major artists out by making it aware to all Fans of any major artist, if you don’t see the blue circle with the check mark, look into that artist even more, the odds are they are a fake. Don’t follow them, report them. It truly is sad that the world has gotten this way, and we have to prove we are the “Real Deal”.
I have tried to look into getting verified with Twitter so that I too can have the blue circle with the check mark, but at this point and time, they aren’t accepting any applications, so until then, we all must look out for each other, report, block the fakes and if the major artist is following you, let them know so that they can follow up that the account is being taken down. Don’t ever give these fakes your phone number, I had not only the fake Alan Jackson ask for a phone number but also the fake Kenny Chesney, an have gotten private messages from a few of the different fake artist pages. Let’s try and stop this abuse.
Here are a few tell, tell signs of a fake account:
1. Look for the blue circle with the check mark in the middle, that is the Verification mark, you’ve got the “Real Artist”.
2. When a major Artist doesn’t have a Verified Account, look to see how many followers he has, if it’s a low number that is a sign you’ve got a “Fake.” Most all major Artist have several thousand Followers or more.
3. If a major Artist ask you out on a date or for your phone number, come on you’ve got to know it’s a “Fake.” Why would a major Artist pick you out of the blue for a date?
4. Don’t share your private information with anyone on Twitter unless you truly trust who you’re dealing with.
5. If an Artist pressures you to buy their music, you know it’s a “Fake” account. No major artist is going to beg you to buy their music, they appreciate you buying their music, but they will not pressure you to do so.
6. When in doubt, follow your instincts because these scam artists are really good, so if it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not. When in doubt, try and figure it out!
I hope that you’ll find this information useful, I wish I would have known when I opened up my Twitter account. Remember you don’t have to be famous, or a major artist to have someone put up a “Fake” account of you, look at me, I am just a songwriter and for some reason they found me…
Twitter did take down the “Fake” account about 2 hours after I reported it and with the help of my driver’s license proving I am the “Real Sheri Lynn.”