Professional wrestling fans are known for being incredibly devoted to their favorite wrestlers, and are often willing to spend their hard-earned money to show their support. Unfortunately, scammers are well aware of this, and have been known to take advantage of fans’ dedication and trust.
Recently, a woman from the Philippines fell victim to one such scam. According to a report in Philstar, the woman was under the impression that WWE superstar Roman Reigns was her boyfriend. Someone had apparently manipulated and lied to her, leading her to believe that she was in a romantic relationship with the wrestler.
The scam reached a new level when the woman complained to a courier service about a package that she believed was sent to her by Reigns. The package reportedly contained $20,000 in cash, as well as other items. The woman’s cousin had apparently introduced her to Reigns, who then sent her the package from Florida, USA.
The woman, identified only as Mayam-O, complained that the courier service was holding her package and demanding an additional 15,000 Philippine pesos (around $300) to deliver it. She had sent the money through GCash, a mobile wallet service, but the package had still not been delivered.
Mayam-O was adamant that the package was sent by her boyfriend, Roman Reigns, and pleaded with the courier service to deliver it. She even took her complaint to the popular Filipino TV show Raffy Tulfo in Action, hoping that the show’s audience could help her get her package.
“I am complaining about them because they are holding my package. It contains an invitation letter, SIM card from the [United States], a VIP I.D. card and money amounting to US$20,000 in cash. They are asking me money, P15,000 [since the package was expensive]. I sent it through GCash. Up to this day, they haven’t delivered it. It was sent to me by my boyfriend from Florida, US. I came to know him after [my cousin] forwarded my number to him,” said Mayam-O.
However, when asked if she had ever seen Reigns via video chat to confirm his identity, Mayam-O said that she had not. She claimed that WWE “bars employees” from communicating with fans, and that Reigns was being heavily monitored. This was apparently why a SIM card was sent with the package, so that they could communicate more easily.
It’s unclear exactly how the scammer managed to convince Mayam-O that she was in a relationship with Roman Reigns, but it’s clear that they were able to exploit her trust and devotion to the wrestler. It’s also worth noting that Reigns is happily married and a devoted family man, so it’s highly unlikely that he would be involved in any sort of romantic relationship with a fan.
In the end, it’s important for fans to be wary of anyone who claims to be a wrestler or any other celebrity online. Scammers will use any tactic they can to get their hands on fans’ money, so it’s important to verify the identity of anyone you’re talking to online before sending them anything. While it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and passion of being a fan, it’s important to remember that there are people out there who will take advantage of that passion if given the chance.