Illinois-based victim reportedly sent the fraudster $11,000 and $500 worth of iTunes gift cards
An anonymous caller posing as popular music icon Bruce Springsteen has allegedly been scamming victims in the United States with fraudulent claims of a profitable gold investment in Dubai, according to US media reports.
According to media reports, police in Morton Grove, Illinois – a north suburb of Chicago – received a report that a criminal poising as “The Boss” convinced a local resident to send “Springsteen” $11,000 to recover “an investment in gold he made in Dubai.”
According to the Morton Grove Patch newspaper, the fraudster also convinced the victim to give the bogus Springsteen to $500 worth of iTunes gift cards for “senior citizen phone bills.”
The Illinois case is the latest in a string of fraud cases in the US in which criminals woo victims with promises of lucrative investments in the GCC region.
Earlier this year, a South Florida man pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and impersonating a foreign government official after having been caught pretending to be a member of the Saudi royal family as part of a scheme to defraud would-be investors, according to the Department of Justice.
According to a DOJ statement, Anthony Gignac, a 47-year old Colombian and Miami resident, was pretending to be a Saudi royal alternately named Khaled Al-Saud, Khalid Al-Saud, Khalid Bin Al-Saud and Sultan bin Khalid Al Saud.
In June 2015, Gignac and a co-conspirator created a fraudulent investment company – Marden Williams International LLC – which sought investments into non-existing projects from individuals and businesses around the world.
As part of the scheme, Gignac and his co-conspirators pretended that, as a member of the Saudi royal family, Gignac had exclusive access to business opportunities and potential investments, including a pre-IPO of a legitimate Saudi business.
One victim, according to authorities, invested $5 million into the scheme.