Monaco conmen impersonate Prince

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Conmen have been impersonating top personalities in Monaco, including Prince Albert II, to obtain money from high-profile victims, reports say.

The scammers are said to have used online messaging platforms including WhatsApp to contact their targets.

The government issued a statement confirming the stings, but did not specify the prince was impersonated.
But a well-known French journalist told local media she was contacted by the fake prince in a video conversation.

Michèle Cotta told the Monaco-Matin newspaper that an individual resembling Prince Albert II made contact with her in September via WhatsApp asking for money to release a journalist kidnapped by an Islamist group.

Several business leaders are also said to have been targeted by the "organised gang" over several weeks more recently, the newspaper reports.