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A middle-aged woman was swindled out of €170,000 (£146,000) after a relationship scam in which she fell in love with a man she thought was Brad Pitt, who convinced her that the two would marry.

The fake Brad Pitt even went to the lengths of suggesting she could star in a film with him.

The woman from Granada in Spain, had spoken to ‘Brad Pitt’ for four to five months last year on the internet after she received an email inviting her to join a Brad Pitt fan club.

As news outlet El Ideal reveals, her lawyer, Antonio Estella Aroza, admits he first thought the case was a prank.

Speaking of his client, he said: “It’s not that she’s a millionaire, far from it. She had recently received an inheritance and therefore she had money at her disposal.”

In one of the email exchanges, the criminals told the victim Brad Pitt was shooting a film in Spain and he would like to have star in the movie with him.

The lawyer added: “They explained that her physical features, as a woman from Andalusia, were perfectly suited to one of the characters in the film.”

The scammers started to ask for money to be transferred into bank accounts in Spain and other countries. The first request for funds were around €5k to €6k and they increased as the relationship intensified. One transfer that was made was for a huge €35,000.

The woman, who lives with her mother, became jealous of reading that Brad Pitt was socialising and at festivals with other women because she really believed they were in a relationship.

The fake actor said he was going to visit her in person with the intention of asking her to marry him, but the star did not turn up and his ‘fiancé’ became depressed and frustrated and it was then she knew she was part of a scam that had cost her thousands of pounds.

However, the fraudsters, far from vanishing, turned their strategy around and posed as detectives specialising in investigating frauds like the one she had suffered. They claimed to speak on behalf of the FBI or a UN agency dedicated to investigating this type of fraud.

‌In a love scam that could take “seven or eight” years to reach an outcome her lawyer, Antonio Estella Arorza, is working on getting justice for his victim.

 Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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