Fake American Idol Style Contest Used to Steal Thousands From Women
You might have heard of “catfishing,” which was made famous by Manti Te’o and is defined by Urban Dictionary as “The phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationship.” Central Florida man Scott Campbell took his scheme to new depths, devising a plan for women to give him money using an American Idol-style contest as the lure.
Investigators say the man came up with an investing ruse that included a “talent search similar to American Idol.” He convinced women to invest in “Bank Deposits Only Records,” his alleged music business. To make himself look more legit, he posted photos of himself with Ludacris, Wendy Williams, and Anthony Hamilton.
Instead of using the money, nearly $100,000, to find talent as he alleged. Instead, it “fueled his gambling habit.”
Adding insult to injury, investigator Ruth Keith said, "If you are smart enough to get on an Internet dating site you are smart enough to look somebody up.” Ouch. If these women had looked up the business, they would have found that BDO Records has an F-rating on the Better Business Bureau site.
How do we put this gently? Get a clue, people. Get. A. Clue.