Dog the Bounty Hunter and Taylor Armstrong Have Been Targeted In a Check Scam
Celebrities might have a team of people who make them look good. They may have housekeepers, personal assistants, and private chefs, but they are a lot more like ordinary people than you might think. In short, they too are the target of scams. In recent weeks both Dog, the Bounty Hunter and Taylor Armstrong have been the target of a check scam. Sure, the scam is a bit more complicated than a Nigerian king offering you his inheritance, but it’s a scam all the same.
Dog was targeted by a bogus invitation to speak in Dubai
According to TMZ, Dog was targeted last month when his literary agent received an email. The email, alleging to be from the office of the Shiekh Manssour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, extended an invitation to have Dog speak at an economic empowerment seminar. The email claimed the workshop would be held in Dubai.
The Shiekh Manssour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the actual prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, but his office did not send the email. In exchange for his visit, Dog was offered a hefty sum to appear. The scammers sent a check for over double the original offer, asking Dog to donate the remaining funds to a charity named by the scammer.
At that point, it became apparent that the entire situation was a scam. Dog’s agent did some digging around and found that the check was drawn off of a real account, but certainly not an account belonging to the Sheikh. Dog did not cash the check, and he did not fly out to Dubai.
Taylor Armstrong was targeted in the same way
Taylor Armstrong from Real Housewives fame announced via Twitter that she was targeted just like Dog. According to Bravo, Armstrong was asked to speak about domestic abuse, and was sent a similarly hefty check and instructed to donate $250,000 to a charity.
The scam is pretty simple. If Armstrong, Dog or any of the other celebrities who were targeted actual cashed the check and did as they were instructed, the bank would have flagged the check as fraudulent. The deposit would have then been reversed, leaving the celebrities out of the money they donated from the check they received. Dog and Armstrong would have been responsible for the funds. Thankfully, neither fell for the scam.
Farrah Abraham’s mom was once scammed out of $250,000
While Bravo is reporting that this particular scam is currently making the rounds, it isn’t the first time a celebrity has been scammed out of cash. Farrah Abraham’s mother, Debra Danielsen chronicled how she was catfished and scammed out of $250,000 by a man she met on Match.com.
Danielsen told her story in her book, Vapor. Danielsen’s situation is different than the above scams because she contacted her con artist first. She, however, was promised a business deal if she was willing to wire the money to an overseas account. She did just that, but her catfish vanished shortly after that, taking her money with him. The authorities were unable to track down the scammer.