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Scammer impersonates Johnny Depp, romances retiree and steals $40,000 from her

Johnny Depp has just received a verdict from a jury where his ex-wife, Amber Heard, has to pay him more than 10 million dollars, and besides, he is an actor who has earned a great fortune along big and very successful films. So it would be complicated for someone like him to have to resort to asking for money.

Well, a retired woman in Brazil did not find it impossible and was fooled by a swindler posing as Johnny Depp.

Brazilian retiree falls for fake Johnny Depp scam

The Brazilian justice system received a rather strange complaint. A 61-year-old woman gave more than 200 thousand reais (40 thousand dollars) to a man who pretended to be Johnny Depp. The scam took place in Osasco, São Paulo and began to be forged in 2020.

Master scam and pitied the fake Johnny Depp

According to the testimony that the woman presented to the Brazilian laws, at first, the conversations were about “everyday life issues”, but over time, the person who impersonated the actor began to tell “a sad story and that he needed money for the payment of convictions and in cases in which he was involved.”

At that time the life of Johnny Depp, the real one, was going through complicated moments of a domestic violence trial with Amber Heard, and that very thing took advantage of the scammer to cause pity and ask the 61-year-old Brazilian woman for money.

“Along with the sad story of not having money to pay the aforementioned fees, a ‘romance’ began where the scammer promises to take the author (of the lawsuit) to live with him,” lawyer Eduarda Tosi, who represents the victim, told the court.

She believed every word of the fake Depp.

“Pandemic contributed to her believing every lie the scammer told, given the emotional shock she experienced. She was just looking for a way out or a change of life.” According to the lawsuit, the retiree even underwent plastic surgery believing she would be living in Los Angeles, USA with her conquest she had never seen.

The victim confessed that she sold a car and a house to help the scammer. The deposits were made at Banco Brasil into an account that the scammer said belonged to “her lawyer’s Brazilian friend.” The deposits, according to records, were made on November 30, 2020 ($ 15 thousand); December 1, 2020 ($ 40.4 thousand); and December 7, 2020 ($ 153 thousand).

The victim’s daughter detained her mother.

The conversations with the scammer ended when the woman’s son questioned her about the transfers and discovered that she had been the victim of a scam. Faced with this, the 61-year-old woman filed a lawsuit against Banco do Brasil, alleging that the institution allowed a fraudster to open a fraudulent account, “due to lack of maintenance and supervision”.

The bank received part of the blame from the victim.

According to the 61-year-old retiree, the bank is responsible for the service provided to the consumer in frauds committed by third parties. “There was clear negligence on the part of the bank,” she said in court. Banco do Brasil defended itself in the lawsuit arguing that the woman “transferred the securities of her own free will

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