Jake Owen doesn’t need your money. A fake Jake Owen might, but the real one is doing just fine on his own, thank you very much.
He explained as much in a new video he posted on social media on Thursday (March 16), saying that country music was plagued with people pretending to be artists. But what’s worse, they are doing much more than just acting like celebrities. They are direct messaging the fans, asking for money. And it sounds like some people have actually given in and sent them some.
“There seems to be a lot of people complaining about fake accounts,” Owen says at the start of the two-minute video.
“There are dumb asses out there that are trying to scam you guys out of whether it’s money, whether it’s your time. But these people have like 20 followers, so it’s obvious that they’re not me,” he says, adding that Randy Houser, Lee Brice and Luke Bryan have all been victims of these imposters, too.
There will always be people in the world that are idiots, he explains, so ignore them.
Even if it feels like a little bit of a thrill to be messaging back and forth with an artist, don’t be fooled. Do as Owen says and ignore them if they aren’t the verified, official account.
“If they reach out to you in a direct message, telling you they need your money because life’s so tough on the road, just tell them to piss off,” he says.
“I speak on behalf of all of us as artists: We would never do that to you. We would never send you personal messages asking you to send us money. You help us more than you can imagine by just being you.
“Screw those people. Let’s put an end to this. I feel for you. We’re always in the fight to end this sort of nonsense,” he says before signing off.
For all the people asking about fake accounts… LISTEN UP. pic.twitter.com/NXo5HUg4KG
— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) March 16, 2017