Virtual woman lures Fidel Castro’s son into love sting

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A Miami man is reported to have tricked Fidel Castro’s son into an eight month internet romance by posing as a woman online.

42-year-old Antonio Castro Soto del Valle, the son of Fidel Castro and the physician for Cuba’s baseball team, believed he was being chatted by an attractive Colombian sports journalist called Claudia Valencia, but at the other end of the internet connect was a 46-year-old man who sold the story of his prank to the media.

Cuban-born Luis Dominguez says that he and Castro tagged eachother on a social networking site, and engaged in more than 20 internet chats. All under the disguise of “Claudia”, a 26-year-old brunette with blonde highlights, claiming that they had met at a baseball competition in Cartagena, Colombia, in 2006.

Dominguez claims that his stunt was designed to expose the privileges enjoyed by Cuba’s ruling class…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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