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Bogus 'Bruce Springsteen' dupes victims with promise of Dubai investment

Illinois-based victim reportedly sent the fraudster $11,000 and $500 worth of iTunes gift cards

Bogus 'Bruce Springsteen' dupes victims with promise of Dubai investment

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.

Florida man admits impersonating Saudi prince in fraud scheme

Colombian-born Anthony Gignac conned would-be investors out of millions of dollars, the latest chapter in a criminal career spent impersonating Saudi royals over decades

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.

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