Tell Your Mum Not to Send Jason Statham Any Money

By Gary Cutlack on at

There's a bizarre new scam going around the less cynical parts of the internet, where a man pretending to be Jason Statham is asking ladies for money. And they're only bloody giving it to him too, because the only internet the victims use is Facebook and they implicitly trust everything they see and hear there.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told the BBC that someone pretending to be Statham contacted her while she was browsing a Facebook fan page dedicated to the homogenised action star, and she was obviously flattered. "I thought 'Oh, that's nice of him, talking to his fans'. I might have been star-struck then, I don't know," she explained, saying that she was in a slightly battered mental state anyway following the recent deaths of both her mother and fiance.

This helped lead to her being suckered into the fake Statham's universe, with chats transferring to WhatsApp and the woman and the not-Jason exchanging hundreds of messages; which eventually took a sex-turn and saw the fraudster declare his love for the lady and then request thousands of pounds to fend off short-term financial worries caused by a delayed big-bucks film payment.

Money she handed over, in the heat of a pretend romance with a celebrity, and now feels extremely silly and massively gutted about. So if your mum's being unusually protective about her phone and taking it into the bath, there's your reason. Tell her Jason's fine. [BBC]