Wow, Catfishers Posing As Bruno Mars Scammed A Woman Out Of 100k For "Tour Expenses"

  • Wow, Catfishers Posing As Bruno Mars Scammed A Woman Out Of 100k For "Tour Expenses"
    POSTED Feb 11 2021

    Bruno Mars
    Bruno Mars. Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

    Popstars are connecting with fans on social media like never before, but sometimes, these connections aren't always what they seem.

    A 63-year-old Texas woman believed she'd fallen in love with Bruno Mars, after starting an Instagram account in 2018 and connecting with the fake Bruno, according to TMZ.

    The catfish Bruno asked for two cheques - one for $90,000 USD, and the other for $10,000 USD. According to court documents, the checks were to cover "tour expenses", and the woman was told that he was planning to quit the tour to be with her.

    Of course, Bruno wasn't behind the account, but a couple of alleged scammers. The $90,000 check was deposited into the bank account of Chinwendu Azuonwu, and the whole amount was withdrawn. Meanwhile, $10,000 was deposited in the account of his alleged accomplice Basil Amadi.

    READ MORE: 6 OF THE BEST KEY CHANGES IN MODERN MUSIC

    Both men were recently charged with money laundering, and have been taken into custody. If you're ever contacted by a popstar looking for help to go on their next tour - it's probably too good to be true.

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Submitted by ben.madden on Thu, 11/02/2021 - 12:24

Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars. Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Popstars are connecting with fans on social media like never before, but sometimes, these connections aren't always what they seem.

A 63-year-old Texas woman believed she'd fallen in love with Bruno Mars, after starting an Instagram account in 2018 and connecting with the fake Bruno, according to TMZ.

The catfish Bruno asked for two cheques - one for $90,000 USD, and the other for $10,000 USD. According to court documents, the checks were to cover "tour expenses", and the woman was told that he was planning to quit the tour to be with her.

Of course, Bruno wasn't behind the account, but a couple of alleged scammers. The $90,000 check was deposited into the bank account of Chinwendu Azuonwu, and the whole amount was withdrawn. Meanwhile, $10,000 was deposited in the account of his alleged accomplice Basil Amadi.

READ MORE: 6 OF THE BEST KEY CHANGES IN MODERN MUSIC

Both men were recently charged with money laundering, and have been taken into custody. If you're ever contacted by a popstar looking for help to go on their next tour - it's probably too good to be true.

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