@carrieunderwood / Instagram (left) - Giorgio Trovato / UnSplash (right)
Perry Township in Snyder County is a small quiet town in Pennsylvania known for its cool wooded bridges and humble population of 2,000 country folk.
Many of the people in the town are passionate fans of country music and one of these fans bit off a little more than he could chew after getting scammed by a scam artist.
24-year-old Blake Brandt said he was contacted by an individual claiming that they were “Carrie Underwood” and he, unfortunately, believed them.
Allegedly, somehow the unknown individual convinced Blake to send them $7,188.62 in gift cards over several months and Blake willingly did it thinking he was going to get something out of it.
He said he did it because he was under the impression he was going to get to meet Carrie Underwood in person. However, after many months of loading up gift cards up with thousands of dollars and sending them through the mail to the scam artist, he finally realized he was being scammed.
At this point, all Blake could do was report it to the police who couldn’t really do much about it but file a report on the issue. The sad truth is Blake will most likely never get his money back and he learned a valuable lesson that day.
We share this story to raise awareness so that other country music fans don’t suffer the same fate.
Be very cautious before you give your hard-earned money away to someone claiming to be a country music artist. If the information is not coming from the artist’s official social media accounts, official website, or from a credible country music outlet, it’s best not to mess with it.