How Bruno Mars Impersonator Scammed A Texas Woman Out Of $100,000
A 63-year-old woman in Texas fell in love with who she believes is Bruno Mars. Unfortunately for the woman, who is remaining anonymous, it was all a scam. The woman gives the impersonator $100,000 which she thinks is going towards the singer’s tour. What she doesn’t know is that it is actually scammers Chinwendu Azonwu and Basil Amadi.
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In 2018, the Texas native joined the social media world in search of finding love online. Shortly after joining, she begins talking to who she believes is the “24 Karat” singer. The 60-year-old woman believes it’s Bruno Mars because he sends her texts and pictures of the tour. The woman said, that he claimed at that time that he is going to leave his tour to be with her.
The woman also tells the police that the impersonator convinces her to write a $10,000 check for a “friend of the band.” They also scammed her out of $90,000 for tour expenses as well. She, unfortunately, thinks she is helping out her future husband and that he really is going to come around to being with her.
The two men, Chinwendu Azonwu and Basil Amadi are now being charged for money laundering. Azuonwu is taken into custody this week and is charged with third-degree felony money laundering. His bail is set at $30,000, during a court hearing in Harris County this Tuesday. Basil, his alleged accomplice is also being charged.
“The way the hackers monetize their crimes, they will recruit people to open up bank accounts. The people that are actually doing the hacking, they’re the people that we really want to get, but they’re the hardest to get,” said Keith Houston, a prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. “Older women that are recently widowed, unexpected widows, people that are lonely. Older people tend to be more trusting; different times way before the Internet.” He adds.
Billie Eilish Calls out Celebrity Scammers
Celebrities have to constantly deal with not just people pretending to be them but also fans getting scammed. Billie Eilish recently came for YouTubers that impersonate her. Eilish called out Jordan Matter for dressing up like her and walking around Santa Monica to make fans believe it was her. “Please stop doing this shit, it is not safe for you and it is mean to the people who don’t know any better you make me look bad. Also soooo disrespectful that you’d go out pretending to me wearing THIS.”
Bruno Mars has yet to comment on the case. He is currently the co-owner Selvarey Rum and recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of his first album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans.