A woman from Granada in southern Spain who was convinced she had a romantic relationship with her idol Brad Pitt, on the Internet, was to be stolen 170,000 euros over a period of several months.
At least that’s what his lawyer, Antonio Estela Arezzo, told 20 Minutes last week, translated by Capital.
It was through a Facebook group for Brad Pitt fans that the victim of the scam was contacted through a bogus profile, using photos of the star to pretend it was him.
Using photomontages, which for example show the actor holding a blank sheet of paper on which personal messages intended for the victim have been written, the fraudster was able to gain the trust of the woman with whom he exchanges regularly.
At the time, he allegedly asked her for money by bank transfer, under various pretexts over the months, and promised to make it up to her. He was going to specifically promise to come and join her in Spain, but also to shoot a movie with her, according to Spanish media.
If many likely discovered the pot of roses from the start, it would take several months and 170,000 euros, the equivalent of more than $245,500, for the victim to alert the police authorities.
Twenty Minutes said it was going to file a complaint for fraud, identity theft and money laundering.
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