A fraudster posing as Hollywood actor Jason Statham cheated a fan-struck woman out of hundreds of thousands using an online scam.
As of late, a con-man claimed to be the Fast and Furious star Jason Statham in an endeavor to fraud a fan out of money. The BBC reports that the anonymous lady had been on a Facebook page committed to the Hollywood star when she was reached by somebody professing to be Statham.
"I thought 'Oh, that's nice of him, talking to his fans'," she said. "I might have been star-struck then, I don't know," The fraudster at that point urged the lady to move onto the encrypted messaging service, WhatsApp, where they traded hundreds of messages over the several months that pursued.
As per a recreation by the BBC, in one progression of messages the fraudster composed, "Just send £20k this night and tomorrow you do the same then by Friday it's already done. Baby. Where are you I miss you? Talk to me, baby. Baby where are you."
The lady clarified how she believed she was building a meaningful relationship with the individual, who revealed to her he loved her. Thinking back, she conceded she may have been deceived in light of the fact that she was in a very vulnerable spot.
"I don't feel like I was in the right place myself because of what I'd been through," she said. Inevitably, his true colors came to light and the fraudster requested her assistance with monetary issues - asserting payment from a film he'd worked on had been delayed.
The lady at that point made a progression of payments to the Statham impostor, which reportedly totaled thousands of pounds. She has not unveiled the exact amount she gave to the individual, yet uncovered it was a 'substantial amount' that 'would have made a difference to my life and my family.'
The lady later chose to report the online scam to Greater Manchester Police, which was when the Economic Crime Unit propelled an investigation concerning what had occurred. "This lady has been subject to somebody who just tricked her at a very vulnerable time in her life," said Det. Con. Craig Moylon, who was associated with the investigation.
"When you see the relentless messaging that this lady got from this person and you see the grooming and the exploitation... the impact is extraordinary," he added. It is trusted the scammer responsible was operating overseas, which means GMP has not yet been able to indict anybody in connection to the occurrence.