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Mom stands up against celebrity impostor scam | #phishing | #scams | #hacking | #aihp

DENVER (KDVR) — Scam operations continue to increase as authorities investigate a wider range of schemes. Now those running the common overpayment scam are posing as celebrities to trick fans into handing over cash.

Amanda McCabe told FOX31 that her 30-year-old special needs daughter is being targeted by a man who calls and says he is the popular singer Chris Brown. The man is an impostor; the real singer is not associated with any scam.

McCabe said the scammer first gains trust by charming the target.

“She wants a boyfriend. They can sweet talk her,” McCabe said.

The impostor sends real photos of the celebrity to deceive the person he is manipulating. Eventually, the scammer asked McCabe’s daughter to accept a check from him for $3,200, then use it to purchase Walmart cash cards so she could send him most of the money but keep $200.

McCabe fears the impostor may gain more influence over her daughter and has reported the attempts to authorities.

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