Woman Falls For Catfishing Prank — Thought She Was Sending Money To Bruno Mars

Woman Falls For Catfishing Prank — Thought She Was Sending Money To Bruno Mars

A Texas woman was scammed out of $100,000 for falling victim to a catfisher posing as Bruno Mars. A man named Chinwendu Azuonwu was charged with money laundering, a third-degree felony, for pretending to be the singer.  Azuonwu appeared in Harris County criminal court on Tuesday for a hearing.  Prosecutors claim the defendant targeted a woman in her 60s online. Azuonwu allegedly convinced the victim he was Bruno by sending her photos and text messages from the musician while he was touring.  The woman reportedly fell in love with the “fake” Mars. The fake romance led Azuonwu to begin asking the woman for money. One check she made out for $10,000 was made out to a “friend of the band” for “touring expenses.”  After the initial check, the defendant and an alleged accomplice named Basil Amadi managed to get another $90,000 from the woman.

 

 

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