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Scotty McCreery had some big news to share earlier this week. He and his wife, Gabi, welcomed their first child on Tuesday (October 24).
Gabi gave birth to a baby boy. They named him Merrick after Gabi’s father, who shares the same name. But their son will go by his middle name, which is Avery.
“Thank yall for all of your prayers during this exciting season of life! Healthy baby and a healthy mama! Praise God,” Scotty said in a short message alongside some of Avery’s first photos.
Scotty and Gabi shared another photo of Avery after they brought him home from the hospital. The picture shows Gabi holding Avery in the kitchen while Scotty stood behind her and smiled.
“Welcome home, Avery!” Scotty captioned the sweet snapshot.
Scotty’s fans have been understandably excited about the new addition to his family. Avery’s birth announcement post has over 79,000 comments on Facebook alone. The post he shared after Avery came home from the hospital has over 19,0000 comments on Facebook.
Unfortunately, it seems scammers have taken advantage of the heightened activity on Scotty’s social media profiles.
On Thursday (October 27), Scotty’s team issued a warning to his fans about people pretending to be Scotty on social media. They said the comments sections of his Facebook posts were “hit hard by imposters” after he shared the news of Avery’s birth.
Scotty’s team told his fans what some of the imposters have commented in attempts to scam people:
“It is an imposter who is replying to posts with ‘if you’re a true fan of Scotty, kindly message him at the link below…’ messages. It is an imposter who’s replying to posts asking folks to visit him on a different Facebook page. It is an imposter if they ask you to send them money or gift cards or other items of financial value.”
Scotty’s team wants fans to know that all of his official social media profiles have a blue check mark next to his name. Look below for an example from his verified Facebook page.
Scotty has official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. But his team wants people to know he does not have accounts on Telegram, WhatsApp, or Google Meet. So if you see comments from someone claiming to be Scotty who asks you to interact with him on those platforms, it is not the real Scotty.
The team says they block and delete as many of the scammer profiles as they can. But in case a new profile pops up, they want his fans to know what to look out for.
“We want you to be safe,” his team said. “Please do not click on them. Please do not give them any personal information. Please feel free to report them to Facebook (or the appropriate social media outlet you are on).”
The team ended their message by thanking Scotty’s fans for the overwhelming amount of love they’ve sent to Scotty and Gabi after they announced Avery’s birth:
“And thank you for all your kind comments about Avery. Scotty and Gabi were excited to share the happy news about their son’s birth with everyone, and they appreciate your love and support very much.”
Scotty is not the only country artist who has been forced to warn his fans about scammers on social media.
In 2018, over 20 singers participated in a PSA about imposter profiles. Some of the artists involved in the PSA were Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, and Kelly Clarkson. Watch that video below.
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