This former Patriots running back says he is being impersonated on Twitter

And he had a warning for the imposter.

JANUARY 23, ,2005:  PITTSBURGH, PA:  Corey Dillon of the New England Patriots celebrates after winning the AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.    GLOBE STAFF PHOTO/JIM DAVIS    Library Tag 01242005 Playoff Extra
Corey Dillon celebrates after the Patriots won the AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005. –Jim Davis / The Boston Globe

James White thought he had earned praise from a former NFL stalwart Monday night.

“Making my old number with the Pats look good,” read a tweet from the apparent account of the retired Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots running back Corey Dillon.

“I appreciate that and I got you!” White responded to the former No. 28.

Just one problem: Dillon isn’t on Twitter, according to the real Corey Dillon.

In a video posted over the weekend by his former Bengals teammate Willie Anderson, the 44-year-old ex-running back said the @Corey28Dillon account — despite its blue, verified checkmark badge — was an imposter.


“That’s not me,” Dillon said in the video.

“This guy, I don’t know what he’s doing, because I’m not on social media,” he added (according to Anderson, Dillon wouldn’t even know how to to log on).

Dillon also gave his impersonator an ominous warning.

“Boy, I’ll come see you,” he said. “So when I figure it out, I’ma come see you. So I hope you shut it down, bro. For real.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, the fake Dillon account was still up and tweeting. And White wasn’t the only one fooled.

The account also appears to have duped former Patriots linebacker Tedi Bruschi and tight end Martellus Bennett, among other former NFL players, as well as several NFL reporters and commentators.

It’s unclear how the fake Dillon account initially got its blue check mark of authenticity. Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday afternoon. However, later in the evening, the account had lost its blue check mark and changed its handle to @_28CD.

The imposter joined Twitter just last month — ironically, with a tweet denouncing fake accounts.