Facebook celebrity impostors scamming fans

Don't Waste Your Money

We all would love to meet one of our favorite music or movie stars. So you can only imagine how a woman felt when her idol contacted her on Facebook. 

Andrea Engel is a big country music fan, who especially loves Chris Stapleton’s music.

She went to see him in concert and at the end of the show she “liked” his Facebook page. She also noticed his page allowed her to send a personal message.

“I went to the concert,” she said, “and that’s when I messaged him. I was like ‘Oh wow, I can message him, this is so cool.'”

She was especially thrilled when Stapleton messaged her back. “He said, ‘Thank you so much, maybe you can purchase my meet and greet,'” Engel said.

Autograph hopes turn into much more

At first, she said she was just hoping for an autograph and perhaps a chance to meet her idol.   

But the more they chatted on Facebook over the next few days, she says, the more he started complimenting her, talking about her good looks and finally saying he might be able to help her financially.

Engel told him that she was dealing with huge medical bills from a number of recent chronic health issues, and Stapleton told her he would be happy to help.

He had one small request for her, however.  “I like to help people and I may ask you to do something, like donate to an orphanage for me,” he told her via Facebook message.

He wanted her to give a few hundred dollars for the charity and instructed Engel to buy iTunes gift cards for him.

So she did, messaging him more than $500 worth of iTunes card numbers.

“Star” takes money, disappears

That’s the last she heard from the man she thought was a country superstar. The Private Chris Stapleton Facebook page she liked is now gone.

Engel had fallen for an impostor, just like the Chicago woman who recently sent $12,000 to a Bruce Springsteen impostor she met on Facebook.

She agreed to do a TV interview because she now wants to warn others about impostor scams.

“Be cautious,” she said. “Most celebrities do not contact you.”

Now, she nurses a broken halo, over what she thought was a celebrity willing to help with her financial issues.

“I was in tears so many times because I couldn’t believe that somebody wanted to help me,” Engel said.

Engel has now set up a GoFund Me page to help with her medical expenses, now that she learned the superstar who was going to help her was not who he claimed he was.

Make sure a celebrity page is a real page – with several million followers, not a few hundred people.

And remember a movie or music star would never, ever, ask you for cash.

________________

“Don’t Waste Your Money” is a registered trademark of Scripps Media, Inc. (“Scripps”).

“Like” John Matarese on Facebook

Follow John on Twitter (@JohnMatarese)

For more consumer news and money-saving advice, go to www.dontwasteyourmoney.com.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Investigators Videos

Restaurant Report

Thumbnail for the video titled "Restaurant Report"

Strangers arriving from dating apps

Thumbnail for the video titled "Strangers arriving from dating apps"

Police seek tips on counterfeit cash, theft cases

Thumbnail for the video titled "Police seek tips on counterfeit cash, theft cases"

Restaurant Report: Flies, dead mouse

Thumbnail for the video titled "Restaurant Report: Flies, dead mouse"

On Deadline: mayor addresses bottles of urine

Thumbnail for the video titled "On Deadline: mayor addresses bottles of urine"

Neighborhood Alert

Thumbnail for the video titled "Neighborhood Alert"
More Investigators

Don't Miss

Fill out my online form.