For all of those into social media like myself, you may have noticed the large influx of Packers players seemingly joining the world of facebook. Although we all hope to get the opportunity to rub elbows virtually with our favorite players, when it turn out those players are fake, it presents a myriad of dangerous problems for the players and the fans.
Of course, most will think I'm overreacting to a harmless prank, but these fake accounts are an elaborate scheme, concocted by perhaps one or two vigilant frauds. And, given the right circumstances could be dangerous for both adults and children everywhere.
Take Pat Lee's post from last evening:
Besides just being downright wrong, what happens on the back end of these conversations? What happens when a casual meeting is suggested? These are all huge red flags to me.
After investigating this thoroughly and observing the past couple of weeks, my deduction is that these fans are then asked to chat much in the same nature that Jason Spitz talks to his fan base.
Of course, chatting leaves no trail to follow like a wall does, so who only knows what is happening behind the scenes? What I do know is in many cases these willing fans are women and minors, and how long is it going to be before someone is seriously hurt by one of these guys?
Even with all the carefully crafted back and forth between this group of players, it's pretty easy to spot a fake a account if you take a minute to look around.
Look for personal photo's that could only have been taken by family. Many players just have googled pictures, or in the case of Jordy Nelson, a profile picture straight from CHTV. Now I'd like to think that Jordy is hanging out around here all of the time, but let's get serious. The only way to get the picture is to pull it from here. That's all I need to know.
A player requesting your friendship. I highly doubt any Packer is going to be requesting you as a friend, much like Pat Lee asked Brian Carriveau. If a Superbowl Champion, that doesn't know you wants to be your friend, it's most likely too good to be true.
Watch the back and forth. Many times you will catch these guys using phraseology inconsistently. At one point they are talking ghetto, and the next minute they are grammatically perfect. Check to make sure the same guy sounds like the same guy all of the time.
The bottom line on all of this is that it could be starting to get dicey for both players and fans. Inappropriate things are being said under the guise of fame, and this can do nothing but hurt the real player involved. For the naive young fan, the matter could turn into something far worse than an innocent comment.
I strongly encourage both current players and fans to let their favorite Packers know how they are being exploited virtually.
Here is a list of real and fake accounts that I can identify.
Donald Driver (Facebook Page - Athlete)
James Jones (athlete page)
Nick Barnett (athlete)
EDIT: Josh Sitton (thanks to the many Packer fans for confirming this)
Please let me know if I have forgotten anyone, accused someone wrongly, or you strongly expect a another fake out there.
Someone call Aaron Rodgers, he'll take care of it.
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