A Bruce Springsteen fan in Illinois reportedly learned the hard way that The Boss does not need help recovering a gold investment in Dubai.
According to the Asbury Park Press, an unidentified resident of Morton Grove, Illinois, told the police on June 23 that a text message purporting to be from Springsteen asked for money. The victim and the imposter exchanged several texts before the victim sent $1,100.
The victim also handed over $500 in iTunes gift cards, supposedly to be used to pay phone bills for senior citizens, Patch.com reported.
Springsteen, who is starring on Broadway in a successful one-man show, made no mention of the scam on his Twitter account.
However, this is not a new scheme. Last year, police in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, issued a warning to Springsteen fans about a similar hustle after a woman in town was almost duped by a Bruce imposter on Twitter.
“Bruce Springsteen or other celebrities are not going to be calling asking for money,” Oak Creek Police Chief Steve Anderson said, per WTMJ-TV. “Be smart. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t give any information out.”
Or, to paraphrase a quote often attributed to P.T. Barnum, there’s one born in the U.S.A. every minute.