A fraudster posing as Britain’s defense minister tried to con Richard Branson out of $5 million

Richard Branson has shared details of a stranger-than-fiction scam that almost conned him out of $5 million.

The Virgin Group founder was contacted by someone alleging to be Britain’s defense minister, Sir Michael Fallon, who requested financial help to secure the release of a diplomat being held by terrorists.

“This story sounds like it has come straight out of a John le Carré book or a James Bond film, but it is sadly all true,” he wrote in a blog post.

“Six months ago my...

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