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12:00 AM, September 04, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:08 PM, September 04, 2016

False Neymar arrested

Brazilian police have arrested a man who allegedly posed as Neymar as part of a shocking extortion plot.

The 30-year-old is accused of using the Barcelona superstar's image to trick women into sending him raunchy pictures and videos.

He and a suspected accomplice – who police are searching for – then apparently threatened to release the clips in order to blackmail the women.

The principal suspect is understood to have posed as a professional photographer on a Brazilian social network before using fake profiles of famous Brazilians – including 24-year-old Neymar – to trick victims. 

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