A Hamilton Township woman who thought she was communicating with Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves over social media was scammed out of $2,700, Northumberland OPP said.
The woman told police she began communicating with a person who she believed to be Reeves last month by Twitter. The person indicated that he was in Turkey on a movie set, police said.
The person later requested money, police said, indicating that the Turkish government was restricting access to his funds.
Believing the scammer’s pitch, she withdrew $2,700, police said, and went to a Western Union outlet to transfer the funds to the man.
The staff attempted to convince her that she was being defrauded and refused to transfer the money, police said.
She then went to her own bank and staff there also tried to talk her out of it but eventually completed the transfer on her insistence.
Once she realized she had been defrauded, she contacted the Northumberland OPP detachment
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This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.