As a general rule of thumb, don’t ever send money or merchandise to anyone purporting to be a Nigerian prince or a two-time Cy Young award winner.
A man posing as former big-league pitcher Tim Lincecum was busted for conning Baltimore Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst out of autographed memorabilia, according to police in Monroe County, Pa., TMZ reported.
Hurst, the Ravens’ first-round draft pick in 2018, told cops he was contacted on Twitter in May 2019 by someone claiming to be Lincecum, who won consecutive National League Cy Young awards for the San Francisco Giants in 2008-09 in a 10-year MLB career.
Hurst told authorities last month that he was scammed out of two jerseys, including one he wore in a game during the 2019 season. The items were supposed to be auctioned for a charity, but Hurst’s agent, Phillip Walls, later saw the jerseys for sale online and contacted police.
According to TMZ, police arrested a 25-year-old man named Michael Daily in Stroudsburg, Pa., on Monday after he confessed to the scam.
Police say Daily told them he used several different social-media accounts in the scheme to obtain various memorabilia items, even including WWE championship belts. He was slapped with multiple charges, including identity theft, theft by deception and unlawful use of a computer.