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A Scammer Is Pretending To Be Keanu Reeves To Grift Older Women

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A Scammer Is Pretending To Be Keanu Reeves To Grift Older Women

In a dream scenario, we'd all be getting messages from Keanu Reeves, wouldn't we? He seems like a great person overall, he's talented, likes motorbikes, starred in some incredible movies and of course is stunningly handsome. If I got a message from the actor, of course, I'd at least happily reply and be flattered he even thought I was worthy of his time, but like any young person, I'd be suspicious. Was this really Keanu Reeves? Or is this a fake? And in the case of some older women who had been messaging the actor - sadly it's been fake.

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The LA Times has been in contact with and interviewed a woman whose aunt believed she was talking to Keanu Reeves when in fact it was a scammer. Molli Hermiston's relative thinks that she has been talking to the actor for almost a year and refuses to believe otherwise. Now that's some catfishing if we've ever heard of it.

Keanu Reeves starred in CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077...

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The aunt has fallen so deep into the belief that Keanu really is messaging her that she's hoping to move to Los Angeles to be closer to the actor. She's also treating the situation with incredible privacy and refuses to talk about it with her family, although they are trying to convince her that the actor isn't messaging her and he is in fact with another woman.

However, whoever is claiming to be Reeves has even sent the aunt a necklace and earrings, but in return, eventually asked for $10,000. Molli doesn't know if her aunt gave him anything but after a year of conferring, she believes it's likely some money has exchanged hands.

Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077
Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077
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Molli, curious at how this entire situation came about, began a fake Instagram account posing as an older and well-off woman before following a lot of Keanu Reeves fan pages. Suddenly, she was receiving messages from people saying they were the actor and would like to keep a relationship between them "a secret".

To many of us, this is obviously all a scam. An attempt to swindle women out of their money but it seems to be working, otherwise, why would there be that many scammers attempting it? The entire LA Times story also explores how con artists sway the opinions of people through social media if you want to give it a read. Meanwhile, I'll remind you that if someone is messaging you, claiming to be a celebrity, chances are they're not.

Featured Image Credit: CD Projekt Red

Topics: TV and Film

Imogen Mellor
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