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Korean consulate in Brazil warns of scams involving celebrity impersonators following incident

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A statement has been released by the Korean Consulate General in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to warn K-culture fans about scammers impersonating Korean celebrities. [SCREEN CAPTURE]

Korea’s Consulate General in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has warned K-culture fans in the country to watch out for scams, which are on the rise in the country.

According to a statement posted on the consulate’s website on Tuesday, a Brazilian woman, who is an avid fan of K-dramas and K-pop, was recently scammed by an impostor posing as the actor. Korean Park Bo-gum. The impostor first approached the victim via direct message on Instagram and befriended the victim. Then, when the relationship was “secure enough,” the impostor told the victim he wanted to go to Brazil to see her, but said she would first have to wire them some 50,000 reals (about 9,700 $), because it is difficult to use the agency’s money. to pay travel expenses, the consulate explained.

“The victim wired the money without suspicion and even borrowed money from his acquaintances to find the large sum,” the statement said. The Park Bo-gum impostor the Brazilian was talking to cut communications after the bank transfer.

“People who pretend to be celebrities on social media and form private relationships and then ask for money will be scammers almost all the time,” the statement said. “If you know of anyone suspicious claiming to be a Korean celebrity, please report them to the police or contact the Embassy or Consulate General. Please spread this information so that no other fans of Korean culture are victimized. such fraud.

The consulate said Brazilian police are currently investigating the case.

BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [[email protected]]