April 25, 2018.
For almost four years these people have been misleading the André Rieu fans across the world, pretending
they were André’s family, using the name Rieu, opening fake Facebook accounts, starting fake fan groups.
Their real names are George Groeneveld and Laura Binnekamp.
Today, we decided that enough is enough.
Read the message below, which was written and published with permission of ARP.
Currently a few more fake André Rieus are misleading the fans on Facebook, pretending to be AR:
showing profile photos of the real André Rieu.
THE FIRST THING EVERYONE SHOULD DO, is:
Go to your 'Privacy Settings' on your FB Page and check that your Messenger is set to "Friends Only".
Then you won't be getting messages from Fake André's anymore. You will only get messages from your
friends. If for some reason you still receive a message from “André Rieu”, just Block and report it.
DO NOT TALK TO THESE SCAMMERS!
And then post a warning on your own page if you want to let your friends know about it.
It’s up to everyone on Facebook or any Social Media to be responsible for your own security.
Be sure that the real André Rieu never writes messages to fans on Facebook or via PM.
He’ll never ask for money or whatever. He has no adopted son with the name George Rieu,
he does not announce concerts or Meet and Greets on Facebook.
Don’t become a member of any new FB group about the Rieu family, because the
Rieu family is not on Facebook. These groups are started by George Rieu or other scammers.
The right information about concerts can be found on André’s official website: www.andrerieu.com.
André’s one and only official Facebook account is: https://www.facebook.com/andrerieu/
with a blue check mark next to the account name.
So please report and block fake persons who are bothering you.
You have probably noticed that falsehoods are being spread on Face Book concerning the Rieu family:
A certain George Groeneveld has allegedly been passing himself off as George Rieu, an adopted son of
Marjorie and André Rieu. Seasoned fans of course know that Marc and Pierre are the only true sons.
George Groeneveld, aka George Rieu, has therefore wrongly assumed this identity. He also claims to be a
member of André Rieu Productions, responsible for the registration of all CDs and DVDs. He is most
definitely NOT a part of André Rieu Productions (ARP).
He has allegedly invited Fans via Face Book for a matinee concert by André on the Vrijthof in Maastricht next
July. This is most definitely INCORRECT. These type of events are exclusively announced via the official
André Rieu website or via André's own newsletter, never in any other manner.
Several fans have also been invited by this George for a "Meet & Greet" with André after his concert
somewhere in the world, but of course they waited in vain, since André is most definitely not aware of such
arrangements, which result in the disappointment of all affected fans.
George's wife enthusiastically plays along in this scam and even calls herself Laura Rieu. So both, allegedly,
live in a fantasy world. As an example, there is a group on Face Book called "Pierre Rieu and his dear
children" which these impersonators manage. There they allegedly claim that Pierre and his wife have four
children. In addition to their (real) twins, they supposedly have two more children named: Laurentia and
Georgie, which of course is a FALSEHOOD. Photos of these two additional children are randomly taken from
the internet and they are definitely NOT the children of Pierre and his wife.
In the past there have been many discussions on Face Book on this subject, but it is now starting to be really
annoying for both the real Rieu families, André Rieu Productions and all the fans.
André's fans are only too happy to be informed about everything André, his family and the orchestra, but it
must be true and honest information.
Enjoy the only real André Rieu, his orchestra, their music and life!
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July 27, 2018.
From André’s personal Facebook account!!
There are fake accounts that occur as André Rieu on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
Pinterest). If you receive a private message or friend request from someone who claims to be André Rieu,
this is 100% FAKE. These are accounts of scammers who try to trick fans to give money. The fake
accounts are easy to recognize, because they do not have a blue check mark next to the account name,
(this check mark indicates the official status of the page).
If someone who pretends to be André Rieu contacts you, please immediately report the account to
Facebook. The more people report the account, the faster Facebook will close the account.
More information about reporting profiles can be found here:
Never give personal details or money to anyone on social media that pretends to be André Rieu
or any other celebrity. Thank you and be careful!
Team André Rieu.
How to report FAKE ACCOUNTS.
2020 - 2021.
Pinned message on Andr
é Rieu’s personal Facebook account (with the blue mark):
Every day we notice more and more fake accounts on social media. We see 2 types of fake accounts:
1) Imposters pretending to be André Rieu
2) Random people trying to become friends with you.
If you are private messaged or get a friend request by anyone claiming to be André, please know that this
is 100% FAKE. These are all imposter accounts looking to scam fans for money. These fake accounts are
easy to identify as they do NOT have a blue check mark next to the account name (which denotes the
official status of the page).
The other fake accounts often pretend to be a middle-aged male. They try to get in contact with you after
you've commented on one of André's posts. They give you a compliment, say for instance that you have a
lovely smile and that they would like to become friends with you.
In both cases:
1) Don't respond to their messages
2) Don't accept any friend requests
3) Report the account(s) to Facebook
4) Block the account(s)
5) Warn other fans if you see that they are approached.
The more people report these fake accounts, the sooner they will be closed by Facebook.
More information on reporting profiles can be found here:
Please don't give your personal information or money to anyone on social media who claims to be André,
any other celebrity or anyone who you don't know in person. Thanks and be careful out there!
Team André Rieu