*Director Penny Marshall has been scammed out of several thousands of dollars by a man claiming to be Lamar Odom’s assistant.

Perhaps Marshall was clouded by her love of Odom’s former team, the Los Angeles Lakers.  According to TMZ, the long con began last month at a Lakers game, when a man claiming to be Odom’s assistant gave her a phone number, which she was led to believe was Odom’s.

Marshall then exchanged several texts with somebody that she presumed to be Lamar, who explained that the assistant was strapped for cash and needed several thousand dollars. Being the faithful Lakers fan that she is, Marshall loaned the imposter over $5,000.

The actress/director started to get suspicious when “Lamar” stopped returning her texts. She then managed to get in touch with the real Lamar, who explained to her that he doesn’t even have an assistant. Once the truth had been uncovered, Marshall approached Los Angeles Police, who have opened a grand theft investigation.