>> Billionaire Richard Branson revealing that he was targeted in a $5 million scam, involving a fake ransom payment. Branson spoke to Reuters Wednesday, saying he was contacted by a man six months ago claiming to be Britain's Defense Minister, Michael Fallon.>> He sounded just like the Minister of Defense in England, he said there had been a kidnapping of a senior diplomat.
That the British government weren't allowed to spend money getting a diplomat back. This diplomat had to be got back for very important reasons. And the British government were asking four or five businessmen to put up 5 million each, very secretively, to get him back.>> But after calling the British government himself, Branson learned that the real Fallon had not reached out, and there was no kidnapped diplomat.
The police are still looking for the con artist, who Branson suspects later impersonated him, to steal $2 million from a friend.>> I believe the same person then, when I was on Necker Island just after the storm, contacted a businessman in America who I have enormous respect for.
And said, Richard can't get a hold of him, and could he put up $2 million? Cuz Richard can't get hold of his office in England to help the people of the British Virgin Islands. And he did, he put up the $2 million.>> The Virgin group founder who, according to Forbes, is worth about $5 billion, saying he publicized the incidents to warn others of similar scams.