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Nickelback fans are now getting catfished

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Nickelback fans have had it rough. 

First, they’ve had to defend their favorite band from jokesters on the internet who’ve mercilessly mocked the group for years. 

Now, they’re getting catfished. 

Devotees of the Canadian rock group are being contacted by profiles pretending to be band members Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger and Daniel Adair. Some are looking for love; others money in the form of Bitcoin or iTunes gift cards. None of them are real, but committed supporters respond anyway, on the off chance their celebrity crush is on the other side of the screen.

It’s gotten so bad that in July, the band tweeted out a message to remind followers to keep their guard up. “Friendly reminder that the only official Nickelback Twitter account is right here, along with Mr. @TheDanielAdair,” they wrote. “Look for the blue checkmark to know it’s the real deal on all social networks. Report any accounts that are claiming otherwise.” 

Queens resident Nicole Godja has been contacted by several profiles pretending to be frontman Chad Kroeger since last year, on Instagram, Facebook and Google Hangouts. She follows the band on their verified Instagram account, and was part of a Facebook fan group, where several other members have been contacted by fake accounts. 

“Thank you for following my page and for the love and support you’ve all showered on me and the whole of nickelback team I hope you never stop supporting us and listening to our songs,” a profile with the handle @chad__robert_kroeger_ messaged her in October. (While that account no longer exists, at least a dozen phonies have popped up in its place.)

The translator, 48, was immediately suspicious. “There were red flags,” she told The Post. The account wasn’t verified, it had no profile picture and only 70 followers. Still, she kept up the conversation, curious about the person who had contacted her, whoever it may be. “I had doubts that it would be him, so I asked him basic things about him,” she said. “It didn’t add up.” 

One of the many Nickelback memes circulating on the internet.

The account was “flirting with me from the beginning,” and even said that he loved her, said Godja, who is single. “This guy can have any woman in the world,” she said of Avril Lavigne’s ex-husband. “Why would he go online and look for weirdos?” 

Kroeger and Nickelback did not respond to requests for comment by press time. 

Though Godja said that she never believed she was talking to the real Kroeger, she was in contact with the account almost daily until New Year’s, when she decided to break off communication. The fake Chad wouldn’t send pictures of himself, get on the phone or do a video call with Godja, claiming it was against his manager’s rules to talk to fans.  

He’d also tried to solicit money from her: Both the Facebook and Instagram accounts claimed that he needed her to pay nearly $13,000 in Bitcoin so he could ship a trunk he needed to her house, and the Chad on Hangouts wanted iTunes gift cards from her, saying his managers forbade him from “making money on the side,” said Godja. Knowing she was being scammed, she declined. 

“I feel like a good rule of thumb is that if somebody is employing a manager, they don’t need your money,” Gabrielle Bluestone, author of “Hype: How Scammers, Grifters, and Con Artists Are Taking Over the Internet—and Why We’re Following,” told The Post. “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

Though it’s unclear why Nickelback fans in particular are being targeted, Bluestone said age may play a role. After launching in 1995, the band’s popularity peaked in the late aughts. “People who haven’t grown up on the internet are a bit more susceptible to scams. Older people in general make better targets for scammers,” she said. 

Their devotion to the group is also a key factor: Online fan clubs give scammers “a pool of potential victims that respect the band and want to help them out,” she said.

And despite clear warning signs, die-hard fans often unconsciously want to ignore them. “Everyone wants to be the exception to the rule; people can talk themselves into anything, especially when it’s something they care deeply about,” said Bluestone. 

While verified celebrities like Ben Affleck and Matthew Perry are contacting fans on dating app Raya, the scam expert says you should always be on your toes: “There is the technology to make a fake Ben Affleck video,” she said. “Unless you’re seeing it face-to-face with your own eyes, there should always be a dose of suspicion there.” 

The accounts have since reached back out to Godja, and she continues to speak to them every day, hoping they’ll reveal their true identity to her. She’s reported the Facebook and Hangouts account, and some have been taken down, though the catfish keeps creating more.

“I feel bad that they give a bad name to the band,” said Godja, of the scammers.

“I’m really sad. I will never know [Nickelback] personally, but I don’t think these people deserve that.” 

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Kevin Sorbo’s $5M Hamptons digs transformed into art house

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Kevin Sorbo's $5M Hamptons digs transformed into art house

Talk about a home fit for the gods — or at least a demigod.

Kevin Sorbo, who played Hercules on the TV show, “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” sold his traditional shingle-styled Sag Harbor home to Robert B. Cohen, of Hudson Capital Properties, for $5.35 million earlier this year.

(Sorbo is also the author of the inspiring, triumph-over-tragedy story, “True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal — And How Nearly Dying Saved My Life.”)

Now Cohen’s art collecting parents, Jimmy Cohen, CEO of Hudson News Group, and Lisa Fayne Cohen — who also happen to be the founders of Galerie magazine, published by Hudson News — have turned it into Galerie’s first annual art and design showhouse, which launches with a VIP event on Aug. 5. (Jimmy is the brother of the late Page Six editor, Claudia Cohen.)

The 12,500-square-foot home, at 772 Middle Line Highway in between Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton, is being renovated by Michael Derrig.

It sits on 5.27 acres and includes a 3-acre pond.

This is also the first show house to pair interior design and art, says Fayne Cohen, Galerie’s editorial director, adding that it will feature 22 top interior designers like Nicole Fuller, and several art galleries, including Perrotin, Kasmin and Nara Roesler.

Some artists have even created site-specific installations.

Proceeds will benefit Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s East Hampton Emergency Department.

The listing brokers were Danielle Wilson and Gary DePersia, of Corcoran. 

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Trailer for Lifetime’s ‘Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace’ drops

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The first trailer for Lifetime’s “Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace” has been released and it teases that “not all fairytales have the perfect ending.”

The movie is set to air in the fall on the channel known for its incredibly cheesy and dramatic movies.

“Escaping the Palace” is the third Lifetime film retelling the story of the former royals, this time focusing on their highly publicized exit from the British royal family, dubbed “Megxit.”

And as with most of its movies, Lifetime’s iteration of the story spares no drama.

The trailer begins with Jordan Dean as Prince Harry vowing to protect Sydney Morton as Meghan Markle. “I see you literally being hounded to death and I’m helpless to stop it,” he says in the teaser.

“I am the person who is strong and gets things right,” the fictional Meghan responds as she looks over the film’s baby Archie.

The couple then tells each other, “I can’t lose you.”

Jordan Whalen will return as Prince William, Laura Mitchell as Kate Middleton, Steve Coulter as Prince Charles and Maggie Sullivan as Queen Elizabeth II, according to Entertainment Tonight.

The official logline of the movie informs viewers that the film will recount “what really happened inside the palace that drove Harry and Meghan to leave everything behind in order to make a future for themselves and their son Archie.”

Lifetime also promises that it will “detail Meghan’s growing isolation and sadness, their disappointment that ‘The Firm’ was not defending them against the press’s attacks and Harry’s fear that history would repeat itself and he would not be able to protect his wife and son from the same forces that caused his mother’s untimely death.”

The movie is also set to delve into the private feud between Harry and his brother Prince William and their father Prince Charles, as well the conflict between Meghan and her sister-in-law, Duchess Kate.

Lifetime previously released films about the royal couple in 2018 (“Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance”) and 2019 (“Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal”).

The latest iteration will also re-create Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah in March, in which they were open about their struggles and decision to leave the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly been “deeply upset” by Prince Harry’s oversharing.

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My boobs keep growing ‘a lot’ — but they’re natural

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When life gives you melons, you may have to explain to the public that they’re not fake.

Salma Hayek has gone on the record to say that yes, her breasts are real — but she can understand why fans might think otherwise.

“A lot of people said that I had breast augmentation. I don’t blame them! My boobs were smaller! So was the rest of my body,” the 54-year-old actress said Wednesday on “Red Table Talk,” the Facebook Watch series Jada Pinkett Smith co-hosts with her daughter, Willow Smith, and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris. 

Her growth, however, is all natural. Hayek explained that it happened significantly during life changes like pregnancy, menopause and periods of weight gain. 

“For some women, they get smaller. But there are some women that when you gain weight, your boobs grow, and other women that when you have children and you breastfeed your boobs grow and they don’t go back down, and then in some of the cases when you are in menopause, they grow again,” she said. “I just happen to be one of those women that it happened in every single step! When I gain weight, when I got pregnant and when I am in menopause.”

While her breasts “just kept growing,” she said it’s been a pain.

“Many, many sizes. And my back has been really suffering from it,” she said. “And not a lot of people talk about this.”

While the hot flashes and emotional intensity of menopause are often talked about, Hayek noted that the breast growth came as a surprise.

“I’ll tell you what they don’t tell you. The boobs grow — a lot,” said Hayek, who recently announced an HBO Max project about talking menopausal boobs.

Getting older, though, has also taught the entertainer that stereotypes about women expiring when they hit a certain age are a completely, destructive narrative.

“There’s no expiration dates for women. That has to go. Because you can kick ass at any age. You can hold your own at any age, you can dream at any age, you can be romantic at any age,” she said. “We have the right to be loved for who we are at the place that we are. We’re not just here to make babies, we’re not just here to baby the men. We’re not just here to service everything and everyone around us.”

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