Hi Brenda and sorry you have encountered these scammers. They have been on the go for quite a while now and they target many celebrities. There are one or two stories they try to con people with and yours is one of them. All you can do is ignore and report to Facebook who will then remove the page.
Michael only has one account on Facebook and it is a "page" not a "personal page" and therefore cannot ask anyone for friendship. Also Michael's accounts on both Facebook and Twitter are verified by the blue circle with white tick/check in.
If scammers made direct contact with you through messenger, unfortunately, this does seem to be another avenue they are now using and all can advice is that Michael would never get in touch with anyone through such means and please keep believing it is not Michael.
Unfortunately, it is known, some people have been caught by these scammers. Human nature for when you are fed something you desperately want to hear it is sometimes difficult to let that little voice of reason come in and guide you.
Take care Brenda and thanks for taking time to come in and share with us your experience....thanks !!! :)
Sylvia Your wee Scottish friend
Scammers are a multi-million pound industry so, as far as I can see, it will never be stopped. It would appear there are various groups carrying out scams on Instagram, Facebook and at times, Twitter. Should also say it is far from being only Michael Bolton who is concerned for most celebrities are targeted. I myself have had plenty for Richard Marx and Kenny G as well as Michael. Have to say I have stopped putting comments against posts from Michael on FB and number of false accounts contacting me has dropped considerably. I believe you have to report them and hope that the media platform involved will remove them as a source to which you could apply legal representation will never be found and even if found, resources and cost is not there to do anything about. These scammers operate from various countries with one of the main ones being Nigeria so how does any law enforcement agency start to legally prosecute any one from there and how long would such a legal battle take. Truly believe only way is to report and have them removed in the hope that those who are gullible will be afforded a little protection by the account they believe to be real being removed and the more they see these accounts are being removed may, in turn, hopefully, make them think before accepting friendship etc. from anymore false accounts.
Only misgiving I have is especially with Instagram and Twitter who have not followed Facebook''s wonderful lead in checking on these accounts when they are reported and removing them within hours. Twitter requires verification and authority notices from the person being imitated before they will even consider removing an account. Those individuals, who may be getting scammed, and report are not listened to on Twitter and it would appear to be the same case with Instagram. When I have reported accounts to Twitter at least I did get back a response asking for verification when took reporting a step further than just what they offer on their platform but with Instagram have had no such response. Have reported numerous accounts on Instagram and keep reporting them just about every day, they are not removed and getting no feed back from Instagram. They have removed one account I've reported but have reported about 5 or 6 but thing is they look innocent on the surface and do not know how much Instagram delve into an account when it is reported. Trouble is most false accounts are not easy to locate unless they do get in touch with you for, as same as on Facebook, they can hide themselves from general observation.
Just to also say Diana this has been going on for a few years now and passport pic along with many other supposed documents of Michael's i.e. driving licence etc, have been used in attempt to con people and unfortunately, in some instances, successfully.
As have said truly believe all you can do is report and keep informing people of the threat from scammers and how to try and avoid. Look at all the scams carried out through e-mails involving multinational businesses, like banks, insurance companies etc and if it were possible to stop, believe their resources would have found a way but even all they can do is close down each attack.
Sylvia Your wee Scottish friend
Diana, I have forwarded your info and email on to Michael's management but it is a big quest for them with other things going on. This has been happening for a long while now and they have a team on their social media group working on it but if you don't send the page you are taking about it is hard for them to look into it and take care of it. They do have the info above that you send them and know in general what you are saying and hopefully will get back to you.