A 68-year-old Nebraska woman is sending $15,000 to a man claiming to be actor Johnny Depp who said he needed money to finance a wedding planner
- The scammer said he wanted to get married and needed her help to pay for it
- He claimed: “He had invested his money in various things.”
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A 68-year-old woman from Omaha, Nebraska sent $15,000 to a man claiming to be Johnny Depp after he told her he needed money to pay a wedding planner.
The woman reported to police that “Depp” initially contacted her via Messenger, the Meta app, and continued communication through multiple phone numbers.
According to the woman, the scammer explained that he needed $10,000 for a wedding planner because “his money was invested in different things.”
At his request, she provided her credit card information and sent $10,000 to the person, who promptly showed up to repay the amount.
But the woman felt that she could be a victim of fraud and decided not to talk to the man anymore.
A 68-year-old woman from Omaha, Nebraska sent $15,000 to a man claiming to be Johnny Depp (pictured), claiming he needed money to pay a wedding planner
Johnny Depp warned fans last year that “pretty convincing” scammers are still using fake social media accounts posing as him and offering to meet or talk to them in exchange for money
The alleged fraudster then canceled the supposed $10,000 refund and extorted another $5,000 from the woman.
The woman gave police an email address and phone numbers from which the man had called, which could help investigators retrieve phone logs and other information.
She also contacted her credit card company to get the money back.
Another Nebraska woman fell victim to a scam earlier this month when she discovered an unauthorized withdrawal from her account.
A scammer sent her a series of text messages with numbers for her to read back. She believes this may have given them the authorization code for a transfer.
“I turned to my husband and said, ‘I think we just got hacked or something happened to the $20,000 in your account,'” Jackie File said 6 news.
The money transfer came after Jackie answered a call.
“My phone said Wells Fargo,” Jackie said.
Johnny Depp warned fans last year that “pretty convincing” scammers are still using fake social media accounts posing as him and offering to meet or talk to them in exchange for money.
In a statement on his Instagram Story, the American actor’s team wrote: “It has been brought to our attention that there continue to be fraudulent scammers posing as Johnny or members of his team and offering meetings or promising time with him, often in exchange for payment .”
The woman gave police an email address and phone numbers from which “Depp” called, which could help investigators retrieve phone logs and other information
Depp took to social media to warn fans about fake accounts on various platforms pretending to be him
“Some of these attempts seem to be quite convincing, for example by digitally imitating his voice and using other, authentic-looking forms of communication.”
“Please note that this is a scam. It’s not Johnny or anyone on his team. These people are criminals trying to make money off vulnerable, kind people.
“If you are aware of this or have been targeted yourself, please report it to your local police online fraud teams.”
The statement further explained that Johnny does not communicate with fans via email, WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, SMS, fan pages or phone calls.