Scammers catfishing Park Avenue plastic surgeon's prospective patients: report

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August 05, 2020 - 3:45 pm
Dr. Andrew Jacono attends Hamptons Magazine and Matthew Breitenbach Celebration with Artist Gray Malin June 24, 2017 in Watermill, New York.

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Park Avenue plastic surgeon’s prospective patients are getting catfished by scammers who impersonate him on social media, then request thousands of dollars in advance payments for procedures, according to a report. 

Dr. Andrew Jacono told the New York Post the imposters “create fake accounts of me on Instagram and then reach out to my followers to catfish them.” 

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“The imposters are even setting up fake consultations by phone, asking for deposits for procedures to be wired to secret accounts,” he told the outlet. Instagram has taken down some of the fake accounts, but they keep popping up, he said. 

“The situation is so out of control that they’ve even set up a fake profile for me on a dating website,” he added. 

A prospective patient fell for one of the scams this past week, sending $20,000 to a catfisher who said the patient needed to make a deposit to get a face-lift, the outlet reported. 

“I want to warn all of my patients and clients about these scammers and fake accounts in my name,” Jacono told the outlet. “They must be careful if asked to wire money.”