I hope this is the correct forum for this query. Anyhow, I have a next door neighbor who is currently being scammed. I know this because the person scamming her is passing himself off as Johnny Depp (his messenger and hangouts profile shows the real JD picture and a gmail address with the name Johnny Depp). This scammer has milked her out of many thousands of dollars over just one year. Now herein lies the problem: She actually will not be convinced of even the slightest possibility that this person is fake (even though he keeps asking and getting off her things like itunes cards and gift vouchers and cash). Now first I don't know how to convince her this is a scam, second of all, I'm worried what she may do to herself if she did come to realize this (in one of her messages to JD fake I 'accidentally' saw, she states that 'I would literally die if anything happened to you or if you were not in my life anymore'. I think there may be a small amount of truth to that as she suffers from depression. I dont know what to do. And now this person is asking her to receive money from him whereby she would then transfer these funds to 'orphanages'. So I think the scammer is now introducing her to money laundering. What do I do? Obviously I dont want her doing jail time.
It is nice that you care for this person to take the time to post this and worry about their future. However, the relationship of "neighbor" means little in these situations. If I was in your shoes, I would do two things:
The first would be to contact law enforcement. However, I doubt that will get very far.
The second would be to engage this woman's family and describe the situation. Perhaps they can get through to her or possibly declare her mentally incompetent to manage her own affairs.