How Did Some Of LA's Biggest Influencers Become The Influenced?

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How Did Some Of LA's Biggest Influencers Become The Influenced?

Con artists are either revered or despised and it’s typically dependent upon one thing — who they’ve duped. An elderly person who's lost their life savings to a grifter is met with proverbial fangs and demands for justice. A group of socialites who’ve been swindled by a “commoner” can score a Vanity Fair article and Netflix deal.

So when #SurvivingSophia went viral last week, revealing that a group of LA influencers were victims of an alleged scammer who infiltrated their circle over the last year and allegedly conned them out of $11 million dollars, it wasn’t surprising to see the internet flooded with responses by people who seemed impressed by the alleged scammer’s skills.

Before we get any further, though, it must be said right out of the gate that nothing about the stories alleged under #SurvivingSophia have been verified. The alleged scammer hasn’t been charged with a crime; all of the accounts are one-sided, and the rumors about the alleged scam artist’s grift come from unverifiable Twitter Spaces, YouTubes, and podcasts.

But we’re not here to talk about the alleged con. We’re here to talk about the response to the alleged con.

The conversation around the alleged scam started Thursday night, November 18 in a Twitter Space, which is a feature that allows users to have live audio conversations, similar to Clubhouse. The hosts control the room and only those who have been identified as speakers can be heard, but there is no limit to the number of people who can listen.

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