A report of an imposter pretending to be industry vet Joe Fletcher and trying to “sell” a solo gig by Boston’s Tom Scholz for $5,000 has prompted the Boston founder to speak out.
Scholz told Pollstar neither he nor the band have plans to tour this year.
“The most upsetting part of this is knowing your name has been used to swindle people out of their hard-earned money,” Scholz said in a statement. “Over the last few years, I’ve seen countless examples of con artists trying to make deals, pass themselves off, or sell tickets to unsuspecting fans by using the name Boston but this is the first time I’ve seen someone actually use my personal name as a come-on.
“If anyone has doubts about an advertised appearance by Boston, or anyone claiming to be performing as a part of Boston, they should check our Web site, BandBoston.com, or contact Agency For The Performing Arts or our publicist, Gail Parenteau.”
A police investigation into the scam is ongoing.
Meanwhile, club owners are encouraged to do their homework before booking any act and remember – if an offer sounds too good to be true, it is.
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