A senior fraud manager at the charity Victim Support says a scammer posing as Nicolas Cage has been able to defraud vulnerable women of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The fake profile of the Hollywood star claimed he needed money to pay taxes and was planning a trip to the UK. Although he is not a celebrity, there is no evidence he did anything wrong.
Despite the recent rise in online dating scams, there is still a lot of stigma around it, as many victims are too embarrassed to report it
A senior fraud manager at Victim Support, Lisa Mills, told Sky News that the alleged scammer behind the fake Nicolas Cage profile said the actress needed the money for tax reasons and was planning to visit the UK.
A romance fraudster posing as Nicolas Cage has swindled a vulnerable woman out of PS10,000 on the fake Facebook page of the actor. The victim had been mistakenly led to believe she was in a relationship with the acclaimed actor, but it was a scam. The trickster claimed the actor was in need of the money to pay his tax bill, but the woman fell for it anyway and gave him PS10,000.
The woman, who believed she was exchanging messages with Nicolas Cage on Facebook, lost around PS10,000 after falling for the romance scam. During the pandemic, reports of these incidents have risen dramatically. One senior detective said: ‘Romance scams are just the tip of the iceberg.’ In fact, the number of cases of these types of crimes has risen by almost 25% over the past year.
According to the investigation, the romance fraudster posed as a middle-aged white man and targeted women on dating websites. In total, he scammed nine people and jailed him. His victim, who died of cancer, was contacted by the scammer after he faked her with false photos on the dating site. He continued to ask for money even after his death.
Richard Robinson, a Nigerian posing as Nicolas Cage, was sentenced to 10 years in jail after he duped two women out of PS210,000 on the dating website
He had met his victims using the photo of a middle-aged white man. A bogus Nicolas Cage posed as a widow and used her picture to woo other women. He even faked his photo to appear like a real middle-aged man.
In addition to using fake social media pages, the romance fraudster also uses the victims’ personal information and stolen funds to lure them into their online accounts. This way, he can exploit their vulnerabilities and exploit their trust in him. A bogus Nicolas Cage profile is a prime example of this, with many of the victim’s photos being posted on the fake account.
A romantic fraudster posing as Nicolas Cage was sentenced to two years in prison for scamming a vulnerable woman out of her money. The scammer posed as a middle-aged white man with gray hair and told his victim that he had a 12-year-old son. He manipulated her into sending money. He also claimed that he was stranded in Cambodia.
The scammer posed as Nicolas Cage in a dating app
He cheated a vulnerable woman out of more than PS210,000 in two months. He targeted her by using false photographs and claiming to be a medical professional. The fake profiles also contained her personal information. She said that the thief had promised her a new life in a new city.
The aforementioned scammers posed as Nicolas Cage on dating websites contacted more than 670 people. He ripped off nine of his victims. Of these, the first victim claimed to have most cancer, but the fraudster remained persistent, continuing to contact her for cash. He conned two other women out of PS210k and was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 2020.