Meanwhile in Manitoba, this fugitive has been impersonating Ed Sheeran for $25 and a ham sandwich. (Is this real?)

Have you seen this man? He’s been conning people—churches, mostly–in Southern Manitoba, telling him he’s Ed Sheeran but has fallen on hard times. And his name seems to be pronounced something close to “ballsacker.” God, I want this to be true.

Sadly, this seems to be a hoax/parody. It doesn’t come from an official City of Winnipeg Facebook page (such a thing doesn’t exist; this is a parody page). And look at the email link: [email protected]. Anything look suspicious about that domain? Oh, and the official City of Winnipeg website is this: (Thanks to Tom for the detective work.)

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7 thoughts on “Meanwhile in Manitoba, this fugitive has been impersonating Ed Sheeran for $25 and a ham sandwich. (Is this real?)

  • LOL. I love how this story has been carried around the round is if it was true. The original story was a satirical post on Facebook.

  • That is from a local satire page. The Winnipeg complaints department isn’t real. Complaints fall on deaf ears in Winnipeg.

  • Another scammer why hasn’t somebody stopped? It’s kind of constant horrific behavior, harming so many in society a government needs to stop people like this causing grief bankruptcy with all the scams. We need an organized government to focus on people being victimized by people with no conscience, on who they hurt or harm.

  • This is fake. That account is a parody account.

  • for the record, the FB page from which this originated – “city of Winnipeg complaints department” – is satire

  • This popped up on my timeline and I came to let you know it was a hoax by a parody account, but glad you figured it out 😆😆😆😆


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