Monday, February 21, 2011

Jonny Craig Allegedly Scamming Fans

There's an old adage that says, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." And unfortunately for many fans of Jonny Craig (Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance), they're learning this the hard way.

Back in January, Craig started posting on his Twitter account that he was selling a MacBook for up to $800 or best offer. His means of doing business were simple - just hit him up on Twitter and the ball would get rolling.

Now, for an artist who has over 38,000 followers, he was bound to get more than a few "@ replies." And as most fans should have suspected, Mr. Craig is not a computer retailer. But regardless, it now seems that a staggering number of fans replied and eventually sent the singer money. You can guess what happened next. recently posted a story from a fan about the alleged rip off. After sending an email offering $550 for the computer, Craig replied to the fan asking for an extra hundred, and gave the fan his phone number so they could work out the deal.

Sure enough, the two started talking and the fan was soon wiring the money over to Craig at a local Walmart. A week went by and the fan hadn't received the computer. Craig claimed not to have sent the MacBook out yet, but assured the fan it would get there - and if not, Craig would offer a full refund.

More time went by. Was a computer ever received? Nope. Was a refund ever given? Nope. Was this an isolated instance? Nope.

Comments on the original story added up quickly. "I had nearly the exact thing happen to me," wrote one reader. That fan sent Craig $600, and now claims Craig will not answer any texts or emails.

"Same thing happened to me," wrote another reader. "I offered him $500 and he said he'd take it, but needed it asap to pay rent." And, as the other stories went, Craig received the money, fans never received any computers and Craig eventually lost touch with the potential buyers.

Claims of similar stories happening to fans number in the teens now. Craig has taken to his Twitter account again claiming no one is getting scammed, and to email him if you haven't received a computer.

But angered fans are hitting back. A Facebook page was recently created called, Jonny Craig Twitter Scam. A joke Twitter account entitled, Jonny Craig's List, has also become a hot trend to those familiar with the story.

We'll have to wait to see Craig's next move. It's all pretty sketch right now. So before you trust anyone, in the scene or not, remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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