By Nate Hendley
According to this story, a woman in Ontario transferred $2,700 to a con-man on Twitter claiming to be actor Keanu Reeves. The Matrix Star said he was filming in Turkey and for whatever reason, couldn’t access his bank account. Would the lady be so kind as to wire him some quick cash? Being a Hollywood big-shot, Keanu promised to pay it all back.
Western Union refused to make the transfer. They told the woman she was clearly being scammed. Undaunted, she went to her bank. Bank officials told her the same thing. After she pestered them, they finally made the transfer. Needless to say, it wasn’t Keanu Reeves asking her for funds. And she never saw her money again.
This article is a reminder why even the most ridiculous cons (such as the Nigerian Prince email) will never go away. A tiny number of people continue to fall for them–which is all the motivation scammers need to keep at it. Like persistent salesmen, they know that the secret of a good con is volume. Hit up enough people, and eventually someone will buy your product or service–no matter how useless or fraudulent it might be.
My book, The Big Con, covers a wide a variety of hustles, hoaxes and swindles, some as foolish sounding as the Keanu Reeves story.
(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based author who has written several true-crime books. My website www.natehendley.com offers more details about my books and background).