James Lindley has been contacted by a 'Katy Perry' look-a-like scammer via Facebook.
James Lindley has been contacted by a 'Katy Perry' look-a-like scammer via Facebook. Sharyn O'Neill

James, 74, didn’t fall for Katy Perry/Amelia's cry for help

JAMES Lindley thought it was his lucky day when a beautiful young woman contacted him through Facebook.

But when the woman, posing with the name Amelia Bailey, sent a photo of herself to James, she was busted.

One of James's friends realised the photo was of superstar Katy Perry, and the messages to James were leading to a potential money scam.

James said he didn't know why a beautiful young thing like that would be interested in a 74-year-old.

James, a mature-aged university student, said he didn't even know who Katy Perry was when he got the photo.

"At first the messages were about how she saw my name and figured we might have the same relatives down the line.

"Then she told me she was from Canada, then Rockhampton, but lived in Ireland and needed money to come home to Australia," James said.

"You'd have to be desperate to fall for a story like that," he said.

James said he'd seen plenty of scams before through his email and texts claiming he'd won money.

He was even thinking of asking the Katy Perry impostor how much money she was after, just out of curiosity of course.

 

Top five internet scams

The Nigerian scam - an email from a Nigerian family with wealth, wanting help to get a large sum of money out of the country.

A scam asking for advanced fees paid for a guaranteed loan or credit card.

Lottery scams - an email will state that before you can collect your 'winnings', you must pay the 'processing' fee of several thousands of dollars.

Disaster relief scams - scammers set up fake charity websites and steal the money donated to the victims of disasters.

Travel scams - An email offering amazing low fares to an exotic destination but you must book it today. Some can offer you rock-bottom prices but hide certain high fees until you 'sign on the dotted line.'

Source: netforbeginners.com



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