Online scam reminds us to beware of Keanu Reeves impersonators
Romance scams are not new to the internet world. But this one is quite creative. A Keanu Reeves A copycat attempted to extort $400,000 from a Southern California woman. His goal? To film a “John Wick » documentary, apparently.
Pamela Landers of Playa del Rey, Calif., told KTLA that fake Keanu Reeves “basically love bombarded her.” Some of the messages sent were “so realistic” she believed he was really good at what he did.
“”To date, this morning, I received – yesterday and today – eight texts from this Keanu Reeves guy”, Landers said KTLA. “I have emails, chats, texts, photos and stuff that I dare any girl to read and not believe is true. They go straight to the heart.
She first suspected something was wrong when she started receiving text messages from this person. The impersonator did such a convincing job that she thought he might be the real deal. After weeks of coming back and fourth, the fake Keanu finally asked Landers about his net worth, then demanded money for a “John Wick » documentary.
If you’re wondering, Reeves is worth around $380 million.
When she asked why a multi-millionaire needed a loan, the future Reeves never answered.
One would have thought the story would end there, but the impersonator kept the conversation going. It’s very manipulative and if it was all conducted in person, you could call it gaslighting. But since it’s online and she has all the texts recorded, she literally has the receipts to back up her claim.
A quick Google search would show that since September 2021, this scam has been attempted multiple times. Some have even succeeded.
To be honest, it seems those being wooed should do a quick search for their sudden Romeo stardom online, as it’s a well-known fact that Reeves is dating his longtime friend. Alexander Grant since 2018. In fact, they’re pretty much the cutest couple imaginable.
. As we expected, he doesn’t do social media, like the true Zen guru he seems to be.
“Keanu Reeves does not participate in ANY form of social media, and he has never done so in the past or plans to do so in the future,” Reeves’ publicist said. “If someone tries to contact you via social media pretending to be him, it’s FRAUD.”