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Phillies’ Trea Turner impersonator allegedly scams elderly fan out of hefty sum: ‘I should’ve known better’

A 70-year-old Philadelphia Phillies fan was allegedly scammed out of an estimated $50,000 by someone pretending to be Trea Turner.

The baseball fan apparently believed he was communicating directly with the Phillies shortstop on social media. She eventually learned that she was actually talking to a scammer, but she didn’t know until she was fooled.

The victim had previously been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. When she defended Turner on social media, she began communicating with the impersonator. Then she received a message from someone who I believe was a two-time MLB All-Star who wanted to talk to her on Google Chat.

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Torrey Turner of the Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on May 21, 2023. (Mitchell Lev/Getty Images)

She initially had doubts about whether Turner would be on the other end of the chat. However, those concerns faded as the conversation continued, and Fake Turner began sharing details about her personal life.

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The chat lasted about three weeks.

“He was relentless, but he was convincing. He’s repeating what the Trea Turner I knew did in the ballpark,” the woman said. fox 29. “He kept saying that for about three weeks, and finally I said, ‘Okay, what do you want?’

Trea Turner runs the bases.

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports)

Fake Turner then claimed that there were marital problems and that he needed to prevent his wife from accessing some of his real estate. He asked the woman to transfer large sums of money to various accounts.

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Trea Turner of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates after hitting the first of his two solo home runs in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on August 19, 2023. (Mitchell Leighton/Getty Images)

After transferring a total of $50,000, the woman concluded she was the victim of an elaborate scam and decided to contact the police.

She admitted that she was naive.

“I was gullible. I believed him,” she said. “I should have known better, but I just overlooked it.”

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Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.It is unclear whether the perpetrator is in the United States.

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