No one is entirely safe from being scammed, and this woman from Granada, Spain, now understands this perfectly. Thinking she was communicating with Brad Pitt via a Facebook group for a year, this Spanish woman ended up being scammed out of nearly $190k.
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The man was posing as Brad Pitt online
To understand our story today, you have to go back to 2022. That year, as a great fan of Brad Pitt, the Spanish woman joined a Facebook group dedicated to the actor. Unfortunately, it was through this group that she became a victim of a 'major scam' organized by 'a swindler posing as Brad Pitt', reported the Spanish daily magazine El Pais on June 30. After joining the group, she began chatting with this person, claiming to be Brad Pitt himself.
Over time, this virtual relationship, which lasted a year, alternated between periods when her scammer was very close to her and others when he was much more distant. The victim's lawyer, Antonio Estella Aroza, told El Pais:
They're professionals, they take breaks. They know when to give affection and when not to respond.
The con man even said he was in love with her
To make sure his victim didn't realize the scam, the scammer even sent several photomontages with real shots of Brad Pitt onto which he added declarations of love. One of them, relayed by the Spanish press, read:
I really love you and I promise to pay you back, my darling, I still love you and I'm always here for you.
For, according to Spanish newspaper El Dia, the con man claimed to have fallen in love with the Spanish woman, promising to come to Spain to meet her in person, and even to shoot a film together.
According to the victim's lawyer, the swindler and his admirer had a 'relationship similar to that of a couple'. The swindler took advantage of this relationship, asking his victim for money on numerous occasions under the pretext of helping him finance his next film. The Brad Pitt fan sent nearly 170,000 euros, with some transfers as high as 30,000 euros. It wasn't until last May that she realized she'd been scammed. She has since filed a complaint for 'fraud, identity theft and money laundering'. The victim's lawyer also criticizes the banks for not having been alerted to the recurring transfers.
This article has been translated from Oh!MyMag FR.