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This was just shared with me and I was given permission to share it here. It may take longer than you hope, but if they have enough information to pull an account, they will. 

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Just be mindful of the fact that this may or may not affect their ability to open another account with another name; and it is in your best interest not to follow accounts that look like a individual band member’s account (because the real members don’t have those),  nor let them follow you. Always report suspicious behavior, such as the charming messages asking for your email address. 

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 Thanks for posting this thread.I remember 10 years ago I got a email (via Myspace) from a guy who said he was Adam Clayton who majorly talked down his beak at me about how hard the music industry was.  In other words insinuating I was stupid or something.  In hindsight I realize this was not AC because I've heard from other fans he's actually nice and doesn't talk down to fans and besides these fellas are way to busy to send emails to fans..

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I was approached by an individual stating he was BONO, on Messenger. This person said he just wanted to talk to a "neutral" person, and just wanted to say thank you for all the love for the band over the years. He said that he had read my comment on the U2 Official website. He then asked me to go to his official hangout, on The Hangout app. The address he gave me is: officialpauldavidhewson.bono.U2@gmail.com.

I went to thathangout website and continue to speak with this individual for a few days, albeit being very skeptical from the get-go. This individual directed me to go to The story of Lazarus in the Bible, and to get back to him after I had an understanding what it was about. I knew where this was going, and he was going to start asking me for money and donations of some sort. He was very convincing. after several days of ridiculous communication, and his overuse of emojis (like a teenage girl), he attempted to call me on the Hangout app. I did not answer the call, as I was feeling as though this was definitely an imposter. Why in the world would Bono from U2 want to talk to me...no offense to myself of course. 

I called him out on this ridiculous endeavor, and told him I was no longer interested in communicating with him anymore. He commented that I should have picked up the video call, evidently to confirm that it was really Bono. Just letting the U2 community know there are so many scammers out there. Be careful!

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On 5/5/2019 at 4:53 PM, keyo32198 said:

I' m so incredibly ashamed and emberesed embaressed but I have tp tell my story to protect other U2 fans. I have been a U2 fan since I was 14 1985. I am a bright educated woman but I got scammed.

On Instagram "The Edge" approached me. At first I thought it was too good to be true but then I got  sucked in. And by the way it was too good to be true. He promised me a meet and greet but talked to me a while before he hooked me. This man is very very believable. There is also a multiple fake Bono's but one that is working with this Fake Edge.  There Instagram names are _u2.bono_ and the other is u2.Edge_. This person impersonating the Edge went as far as having his "Assistant" Send me a "Meet and Greet" invitation it all looked very official to me. There were red flags for sure but as a fan of 34 years I so wanted it to be true. To date this man has gotten $5.000 out of me! $5,000! I am so ashamed and I am not a wealthy woman. If anyone has any questions regarding these two people and the interactions I had I am more than happy to share my experiences. I don't want this to happen to anyone else. I did meet a lovely woman from another country that had thousands taken from her,. There are multiple fake Bono's. One of them contacted me about donating to a secret foundation in Brazil and was extremely pushy. Then another Fake Edge immediately sent me a nasty message. after I told the other fake Bono that there is no such foundation. I have met a nice fan  on Instagram that is from another country who has also had thousands of dollars stolen from her. There are so many victims out there.

Bono, Edge, Larry, Adam if you ever read these threads please know this is the most painful thing I have ever gone through.

Please everyone on social media be careful. I am more than willing to answer questions if anyone has any.

 

God Bless,

 

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This very same fake bono is trying to chat me up on Instagram. 
not harmful yet and I haven’t heard from him today. I guess he knows I know he’s fake as I’m not eagerly fast to answer him. 
He even came back to me when I took my time with a “Hello” message 😅

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3 minutes ago, u2greety said:

This very same fake bono is trying to chat me up on Instagram. 
not harmful yet and I haven’t heard from him today. I guess he knows I know he’s fake as I’m not eagerly fast to answer him. 
He even came back to me when I took my time with a “Hello” message 😅

They do seem to be on the prowl again. The fake Edge sent me a request not too long ago on Instagram too. Saw some things on Twitter over the weekend too that there was an account making the rounds. Just want to reiterate that the members do not have personal accounts and they will not contact you to make small talk or ask for money; please do not give personal information such as email address or phone number. Glad you recognize that account as a fake. Please report the account to Instagram.

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Yes, I reported him on insta and I’ve DM’ed the guys on the u2insta page. 
nothing happening so far. 
he is still posting and asked me to mail his assistant to make an appointment for a meet. 
I haven’t mailed him (yet). He is not contacting me now, I think he might know I’m on to him🤭

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Nope, he’s not giving up yet. I told him I don’t really believe him,this is too good to be true blah blah. He asked me to go to hangouts so he could call me there (so I could hear his voice). No idea how he would do that. I’m not on hangouts or whatever, but he keeps on coming back. 
I know several ppl have reported him now on insta, still they don’t react. 
weird, cuz when I reported fake Julian Lennon, he was removed within a day or so 

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Update, this fake account has been removed by instagram. 
But it’s probably not the only one..

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2 hours ago, u2greety said:

Update, this fake account has been removed by instagram. 
But it’s probably not the only one..

And won’t be the last, unfortunately. 
Thanks for reporting this here, and glad you didn’t fall for it. They can be very persistent and manipulative. 

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7 hours ago, u2greety said:

Nope, he’s not giving up yet. I told him I don’t really believe him,this is too good to be true blah blah. He asked me to go to hangouts so he could call me there (so I could hear his voice). No idea how he would do that. I’m not on hangouts or whatever, but he keeps on coming back.

When contacted by these fake accounts, avoid engaging with them. We have accounts that they can become quite aggressive and it's impossible to predict what else they could do - we strongly recommend to never answer to them and instead report the account in question. Once done, block them for further contact...

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