This is a wild story about a global racket in which powerful Hollywood execs–all women, including Lesli Linka Glatter–are being impersonated in order to scam people for thousands of dollars.
Linka Glatter first learned that she was being impersonated from friends and colleagues. “I started getting calls from my agents and managers, friends, and friends of friends — they were all hearing from a fake Lesli Linka Glatter,” she says, “And they would want to know: Am I doing this project? What’s the deal? It was horrifying.”
For a long time, Linka Glatter thought she was alone in being faked. She tried to contact the police and the FBI, but neither showed interest. The amount of money involved was too small, they told her. She hired a private investigator, who discovered that the scammers were using burner phones to cover their tracks and GoDaddy accounts for fake email addresses. She contacted corporate security at a major Hollywood studio, but that didn’t help either. The calls kept coming. One day, a well-known political consultant in Washington got in touch.
“The fake Lesli had contacted him to collaborate on a project, but then she started sounding weirder and weirder and the political consultant called my agents to find out if she was real,” says Linka Glatter. The impersonator had also apparently targeted several technical and military advisers who worked with Linka Glatter on shows like Homeland and The Walking Dead. “People believed there was a real job at the end of this,” she says. “There is a whole group of military people that were targeted.”