The internet is rife with scams and cons designed to trick us into parting ways with our hard-earned cash. Actor James McAvoy reveals he nearly fell victim to such a con that would have cost him nearly C$17,000.
In a series of videos he posted on Instagram, the “X-Men: Apocalypse” star opened up about how his attempt to book a vacation online drew him into a fraudulent trap.
“Hello, there! I’m James McAvoy,” he said in the video. “I have just avoided being scammed through a cyber-scamming scheme online and I’m just making this video to draw your attention to it.”
As he explained, he was trying to book a stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Abama, in Tenerife, Spain, and wound up on a bogus website for the hotel that he describes as “actually better” that the actual website.
“It looks like that,” continued, displaying the fake website. “Don’t use them. They nearly took 10 grand [in British pounds] off of me, which is a ton of money. Some guy called Joaquin emailing me back and forth, [I] nearly made a bank transfer. Very convincing.”
“It’s extremely convincing,” he said of the faux site, “replete with a phone number, stuff like that. Just very, very convincing.”
If staff at the Ritz-Carlton, Abama, didn’t realize the hotel was being used in a con, he added, “They know now.” Watch: