Inside The Scam That Used Chance The Rapper’s Name To Defraud People Out Of Thousands Of Dollars

According to the CBS News report, “Jeffrey Washington” gained the confidence of Ibi and Lulu Cole back in January 2022 when he approached them in person. Initially, the sisters refused to engage him — “you’re always leery of anybody approaching you — you know, under that guise,” said Lulu — but after the man paid their cell phone bill and a small mortgage with Wells Fargo, they were convinced of his connection to Chance the Rapper and CEDA.

After “Jeffrey Washington” continued to pay additional bills for the sisters, he was able to convince them to part with some cash of their own to “pay it forward” — to the tune of more than $36,000.

But the scam fell apart when the companies that were initially paid off — such as the sisters’ small mortgage with Wells Fargo — revealed that they weren’t. It’s not clear whether the payments were reversed, or whether the bank account given by “Jeffrey Washington” to pay said bills was fraudulent in the first place. But whatever the case, the sisters were back in the red.

And because they had to catch up on the payments, plus pay the penalties associated with a reverse charge — not to mention all the cash they were out because of their “paying it forward” to “Jeffrey Washington” — the sisters went so deep into debt that they couldn’t open the community center they’d been working to open for the past year.

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