You can get people to believe just about anything if you say it with confidence.
Chill Hill Media used "Thomas Elliot" to conduct one of the illest social experiments ever. Using his actual first and middles names, and a few strategically placed co-signers, Elliot caused a frenzy in MacArthur Center in Norfolk, Va., by convincing people he was a celebrity. Mall security even fell for the charade.
Within minutes, believers were tweeting that they had seen Thomas Elliot, despite not having the slightest clue who he was.
THOMAS ELLIOT OMGG I SAW HIM twitter.com/johannacecelic…— Johanna Cecelic (@johannacecelic) March 31, 2012
Dude even managed to use his faux celebrity to bag a starstruck girl, who he later called just to poke fun at the notion of "celebrity." The whole ordeal is proof that people will believe anything, as long as someone else confirms it.
The bigger the lie, the more they believe.