Con Artists Scammed Widow Woman Out of $800,000 by Pretending to Be Leonardo DiCaprio and Claiming He Was Enslaved by the Church of Scientology
A few months ago, con artists were using Keanu Reeves to con women, now it’s Leonardo DiCaprio.
May 12, 2022
A Texas woman says she’s lost over $800,000 to scammers attempting to extract money from her to ‘save’ actor Leonardo DiCaprio from the Church of Scientology.
The woman, 54, told The Daily Beast she was first contacted by what she thought was the Oscar-winning actor and activist via Twitter, which she was new to in around 2018.
‘Denise’ – as the article referred to her to protect her anonymity – is an English-born freelance writer who works for trade publications and writes corporate manuals, in addition to working on a memoir and a graphic novel.
…She had also recently lost her husband, who had built up over $1million in savings with his construction business, and had two grown daughters who no longer lived with her.
It was in that state that she received a direct message on the social media giant from whom she believed was DiCaprio, from an account she followed on Twitter.
June 11, 2022
A Texas woman says she lost over $800,000 to scammers attempting to extract money from her to ‘save’ actor Leonardo DiCaprio from the Church of Scientology.
The woman, 54, told The Daily Beast earlier this year that she was first contacted by a person claiming to be the Oscar-winning actor and activist via Twitter, shortly after she joined the social media platform in 2018.