A woman from Texas was scammed out of $100,000 believing she was dating Bruno Mars.
A 63-year-old woman told police she created an instagram account in search of companionship.
She was then contacted by a man she believed to be Bruno Mars. The account later turned out to be a fake profile.
There were two men behind the account, one of them was Chinwendu Azuonwu, a 39-year-old Nigerian man residing in Houston, Texas.
His co-conspirator was identified as Basil Amadi. Amado’s arrest records weren’t yet available.
It’s not clear how the woman believed it, but she kept contact on Instagram and Google Hangouts. She told investigators that she had fallen in love with who she thought was Bruno Mars.
One day the men, as Bruno Mars, told the woman that he was planning to quit a tour he was on because he couldn’t spend another second without her.
But for that to happen, he would lose money, and convinced the woman to make a $100,000 transfer to his account.
The first deposit was $10,000, they (“Bruno Mars”) convinced he needed $10,000 for your expenses.
A few days later they convinced her to deposit $90,000. The deposits were made to Amadi, “Mars” convinced her he was a friend of the band’s.
Police subpoenaed bank records and were able to find the names of the men, their addresses, and eventually their photos and made the arrest.
Though Amadi admitted that it was his bank account, he says he has no idea where the money came from, and denied knowing Azuonwu. Azuonwu also denied knowing Amadi.
Axuonwu’s bail was set for $30,000. If convicted, the two men face 2-10 years in state prison.