For the last few years, someone claiming to be the real Angus Young (of AC/DC fame) has had a profile page on the online community, MySpace.
Over this time period, "Angus" amassed nearly 25,000 friends and fans on the site who regularly left messages and well wishes for him, often on a daily basis. In fact, the last known cache of the site indicates there were more than 12,000 comments posted to the bogus profile.
Not only that, but many AC/DC fans on MySpace wrote notes on the site (and told me personally) that "Angus" had even emailed messages back to them when they asked him questions or sent him a note to say hello. For all intents and purposes, they were completely convinced that they were really talking to the rock 'n' roll legend himself.
Even a few real friends of Angus' from his early days in Australia were fooled, too. Not long ago I spoke to some of his old mates who have MySpace pages and they swore that it was the real Angus after talking to him back and forth through emails on the site.
On January 29, 2007, the MySpace "Angus" even made a blog post announcement that AC/DC would be touring in the coming year. Here it is below, word for word.
Tour Information (Updated 29th January)
When the concert tour failed to materialize, many fans were left wondering what happened but, to my knowledge, the fake Angus never stated why it didn't come about.
Sometime very recently, however, the hoax was revealed and the page changed to say that it was only an Angus Young fan site, leaving many fans confused and hurt.
So who perpetuated this fraud? Apparently, it was an 18 year old girl from Australia named Catherine whose real MySpace profile is located here. (At least, that's who she says she is now anyway.)
However, from what I can tell, this young lady has not explained why she chose to deceive so many of AC/DC's most dedicated fans.
Interestingly enough, though, a few of the fooled are sticking by Catherine and offering her notes of support in what must be a difficult time now that she's finally told the truth.
By the way, the fake profile has now been completely deleted, but whether the girl did this herself or MySpace deleted it is not clear at this time.
So what do you think, AC/DC fans? How do you feel about someone pretending to be Angus and fooling so many people and, furthermore, what type of person would want to do such a thing to other people in the first place?
Feel free to leave your comments below...
PS> This site has a summation of what used to appear on the fake Angus profile.