A fraudster posing as Hollywood actor Jason Statham cheated a British woman out of hundreds of thousands using an online scam, the BBC has learned. The woman said she was first contacted online by someone posing as Mr Statham while she was on a Facebook page dedicated to the Fast and Furious star.
“I thought ‘Oh, that’s nice of him, talking to his fans’. I might have been star-struck then, I don’t know,” she said. The fraudster then encouraged her to use the encrypted WhatsApp service, sending her hundreds of messages over several months.
The woman said it felt like she was building a relationship with the actor, although looking back “I don’t feel like I was in the right place myself because of what I’d been through”. The fraudster posing as Mr Statham told her he loved her and eventually asked her to help with some financial difficulties, claiming a film payment was delayed.
She then made a series of payments to the fraudster, totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Holding the title of dumbest person alive is quite an accomplishment in this world. There are a fuck ton of dumb people out there that make their case everyday to claim the throne. I mean just yesterday there was the woman who called 9-1-1 to ask how to kill her boyfriend. For a while this title was held by the guy in Shanghai who tried to rob a bank by walking up to the teller with a meat cleaver. Manti Te’o famously held the crown for a little bit. Well folks, we have a new king. Actually it’s a queen.
A woman in Manchester, England has been the victim of fraud where she actually believed that she was in a relationship with movie superstar Jason Statham, and that he was in desperate need of money.
She stumbled upon his Facebook fan page and thought the real Jason Statham was messaging her. Yessss, the guy who has 19.3 million Instagram followers and doesn’t follow one person, not even his supermodel wife (we’ll get to her later), is stumbling around Facebook messaging random fans. Totally a normal thing to believe. There’s a better chance the rando named “RachelXXX69″ dming you on Twitter “heyy babe” is real than this actually actually Jason Statham.
“I’m quite a strong person but obviously certain things get to you and you let your guard down. I thought ‘Oh, that’s nice of him, talking to his fans’. I might have been star-struck then, I don’t know,”
The unnamed woman claims she is normally quite a strong person. Let’s see how she held up.
The woman said it felt like she was building a relationship with the actor, although looking back “I don’t feel like I was in the right place myself because of what I’d been through”.
The fraudster posing as Mr Statham told her he loved her and eventually asked her to help with some financial difficulties, claiming a film payment was delayed. She then made a series of payments to the fraudster, totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Fake Statham got this woman to message him countless times on the WhatsApp service and eventually send him HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of pounds.
I genuinely do not understand how you could possibly be this stupid. It goes back to the Te’o story. How can you get tricked into being a relationship without meeting the person. I get that in today’s world we have Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, and whatever else where we can match with people and get to know them before going on dates. Sometimes that can last a few weeks before you actually meet up. That’s fine, but getting into a mutually loving legitimate relationship requires you to know if that person exists on this planet. At the absolute minimum there needs to be a FaceTime at some point, if you really don’t feel the need to interact in person.
Not only was this woman tricked into a relationship, but she was duped into sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to this person who she believed was JASON STATHAM, one of the biggest action movie stars in the world. Do you understand how much money this guy is making from the Fast and Furious movies? The one coming out with just him and the Rock is going to literally make all of the money in the United States of America. The Meg was TERRIBLE and made $500 million. Anything he touches turns to gold. Jason Statham could have the biggest drug/gambling problem and he will never come close to running out of money.
We then go to the last piece of the story, as I mentioned earlier. Statham has been happily married to supermodel/actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley since 2010. She’s a very well known Victoria’s Secret model in case you live under a rock and has also starred in Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.
I have a feeling the guy married to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley isn’t snooping around Facebook fan pages waiting for a random woman to message on Whatsapp where he begs her to send him money. Until someone dethrones her, this woman is the single dumbest person on planet Earth. I am flabbergasted by this story.