Several of Mexico’s most celebrated directors have been targeted by scammers looking to rip off aspiring writers.

According to a report in Variety, directors Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón and Amat Escalante, in addition to actor-director Diego Luna, have all been victims of online con artists who contact up-and-coming writers, posing as the directors, and offering movie deals in exchange for the rights to their books or screenplays.

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Escalante tells Variety that the scam has been ongoing for two years; the blog Writer Beware — which has been sharing examples of the con — notes that Luna has been the latest to be targeted in what’s been dubbed the “Mexican Film Director” scam.

The artists seem to be powerless to halt the scam, however; back in August 2022, Cuarón sent a Twitter message “to warn of a scammer who is pretending to be me by sending messages like: ‘Project Movie Deal,’ to get people to finance a fake project. Do not pay any money or respond to this person.”

Last week, del Toro issued a similar Twitter missive.