Catfishing Scam Used A Hollywood Actor As Bait
Terri claims she fell in love with and was scammed out of more than $8,000 by someone she met online who convinced her they were Hollywood actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. She says she eventually turned over access to her bank accounts as well as all her social media.
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Then, claims Terri, she realized she was being used as a “money mule” in an international money laundering scheme. Now she says she’s afraid she’ll end up behind bars for what she insists was her unwitting participation.
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Terri’s nephew, James, says he warned his aunt that she was dealing with a catfish, but that Terri had “lost all insight” and refused to believe him. She’s since learned from Dr. Phil that her online love is, in fact, a catfish operating out of Nigeria.
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What do the actor’s representatives say? “We confirmed with Jeffrey that he has no involvement with, nor prior knowledge of what appears to be a heinous crime, which should be handled by the appropriate law enforcement agency such as FBI,” says the actor’s attorney in a statement read by Dr. Phil on Tuesday’s episode.
Watch the video above to see Terri’s response, then check here to find out where you can watch Tuesday’s Dr. Phil.
If you believe that you or someone you know have been the victim of an internet love-scam, visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center to file a complaint.
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