Keanu Reeves is the unproblematic actor we all know and love, but it seems someone is hell-bent on tarnishing his squeaky clean reputation for the sake of a quick buck - we might need to call Nev from Catfish for this one...
A scammer is pretending to be Reeves in order to trick older women online into thinking they’re in a relationship with The Matrix actor. Those women will be disappointed to hear that Reeves has been in a relationship with artist Alexandra Grant since 2019.
A woman named Molli Hermiston, whose aunt fell for the scam spoke to The LA Times (the aunt declined to be interviewed) said her aunt is still in denial that her relationship with the John Wick actor isn’t real, “and she has been so brainwashed, she won’t listen to our family.”
It’s gotten to such a serious point that the aunt now wants to move to LA where Reeves resides to be closer to him and is even attempting to sell her home in Little Rock, Arkansas to make it happen.
Keanu Reeves with his artist girlfriend Alexandra Grant both attending the Saint Laurent Mens Spring Summer 20 Show on June 06, 2019 in Paradise Cove Malibu, CaliforniaGetty Images
Although the scammer apparently sent the aunt a necklace and earrings, they have also asked for $10,000— an actor whose supposed net worth is reported to be $360 million. Despite this red flag, it has not set off any alarm bells for Hermiston’s aunt.
It remains unclear if the aunt sent the money to fake Reeves in the end.
But Hermiston’s aunt is not alone. The LA Times reported that women in “Canada, Taiwan and across America” have been duped by the same dream.
According to Hermiston, scoping out the fake Reeves was pretty easy, all she needed to do was create a profile where she looked like a wealthy, well-to-do older woman and follow a few Keanu Reeves fan accounts to be targeted.
“Very quickly, five different people saying they’re Keanu Reeves approached me online,” she said. Unsurprisingly, the fake Reeves wanted to keep the budding romance on the down-low, writing: “Due to my profession and career, I want this to be a secret between you and I.”
As the conversation continued, the fake Reeves began asking “the sort of questions that reveal a person’s wealth and status, or that might come up as part of a bank’s security queries to confirm a customer’s identity.”
Eventually, the fake Reeves asked if they could meet at a celebrity event... but the catch was that she would have to stump up $2,000 to attend and send him the payment in bitcoin.
So if you ever get a DM from someone claiming to be Keanu Reeves, they are most definitely trying to pull a fast one - you have been warned.