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Con artists scammed Houston mother-of-two, 54, out of $800,000 by pretending to be Leonardo DiCaprio

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Con artists scammed Houston mother-of-two, 54, out of $800,000 by pretending to be Leonardo DiCaprio

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A Texas woman says she’s lost over $800,000 to scammers attempting to extract money from her to ‘save’ actor Leonardo DiCaprio from the Church of Scientology.

The woman, 54, told The Daily Beast she was first contacted by a person claiming to be the Oscar-winning actor and activist via Twitter, shortly after she joined the social media platform in 2018.

‘Denise’ – as the article referred to her to protect her anonymity – is an English-born freelance writer who works for trade publications and writes corporate manuals, in addition to working on a memoir and a graphic novel. 

She had also recently lost her husband, who had built up over $1million in savings with his construction business, and had two grown daughters who no longer lived with her.  

It was in that state that she received a direct message on the social media giant from whom she believed was DiCaprio, from an account she followed on Twitter. 

A Texas woman says she’s lost over $800,000 to scammers attempting to extract money from her to ‘save’ actor Leonardo DiCaprio from the Church of Scientology

'Denise' eventually learned of a greater difficulty plaguing 'Leo': that he was enslaved by the Church of Scientology

‘Denise’ eventually learned of a greater difficulty plaguing ‘Leo’: that he was enslaved by the Church of Scientology

'He learned that I loved to cook. We were texting one night when I was making homemade ravioli, and he said that Camila needed to learn how,' she says, meaning DiCaprio's girlfriend, Camila Morrone

‘He learned that I loved to cook. We were texting one night when I was making homemade ravioli, and he said that Camila needed to learn how,’ she says, meaning DiCaprio’s girlfriend, Camila Morrone

'Leo' told her that David Miscavige was known as 'his Holiness' and that he had a mark that proved his place within the church

‘Leo’ told her that David Miscavige was known as ‘his Holiness’ and that…

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