By Pepper

A couple weeks ago at San Manuel Casino, one of the regulars came up to me and said she’d received a message on Instagram from someone claiming to be Granger Smith, asking her to buy iTunes gift cards for him.

She didn’t even have to get to the part where this person promised her a car and concert tickets in exchange for doing so before I knew it was a fake.

How did I know that?

Because no artist will ever ask you to buy them something. And also, because this account was not verified.

Public figures – like musicians, politicians, and celebrities – have a blue check mark next to their name on their social media accounts. That means they’ve been verified as the actual person – and not an imposter.

Fake accounts seem to be increasing. I currently have three unverified Tim McGraws following me on Twitter. A fake Ned LeDoux account tried to hit me up on Instagram, until I called them out for being unverified. Even Travis Tritt has warned his fans about fake accounts:

Please note that unverified, fake, scammers’ accounts are not to be confused with fan accounts, which usually clearly identify themselves as such.

Bottom line: always check for the blue check mark!

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