Baltimore Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst learned an important lesson in February: Don’t believe everything you see on Twitter.
Hurst, 26, contacted Pennsylvania police last month to report he had been scammed by a man on Twitter who claimed to be former San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, according to TMZ. Hurst sent two jerseys to the fake Lincecum, believing those jerseys would be used as a charity donation.
That was not the case. The jerseys eventually showed up for sale online. Hurst’s agent, Phillip Walls, saw the jerseys and alerted Hurst, who reported the incident.
Man who scammed Hayden Hurst pulled same trick on many athletes
Police conducted an investigation, which led them to 25-year-old Michael Daily, who confessed to the scam. Hurst’s incident wasn’t isolated. Daily reportedly used various accounts to scam athletes in a number of different sports, according to TMZ. While you might think this is a case of Hurst being too gullible, the tight end told police Daily’s account had a verified checkmark, leading Hurst to believe he was actually communicating with Lincecum.
Daily was charged with “identity theft, theft by deception and unlawful use of a computer,” according to TMZ.
Tim Lincecum is not active on Twitter
If Lincecum is on Twitter, his account is no longer active. One Lincecum account has over 99,000 followers, but hasn’t tweeted since 2012. That account is not verified by Twitter. Lincecum last pitched in the majors in 2016, but remains a cult figure in the Bay Area.
If there’s anything to learn here, it’s that we can all be a little more like the real Tim Lincecum. You can’t get scammed on Twitter if you’re never on the website.
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