June 15, 2024

 

Strange Yet True

Published
April 2, 2024, 11:19 a.m. ET

An economically challenged single mother of a young girl diagnosed with autism was tricked by an intricate online fraud involving a fake millionaire lottery winner, as reported by South West News Service.

Dympna McKenna, aged 47, believed she had established online contact with a pair who had achieved the EuroMillions lottery in January and wished to share a part of their nearly $77M haul to improve the life of her 10-year-old child, Dakota.

“She struggles with sleep disturbances due to her anxiety. I spend nights holding her hand on her bed. I can’t hold a job,” the Birmingham, England-based mother articulated.

This full-time caregiver with a debt close to $9000 “opened her heart” on Facebook to the supposedly duo, Richard and Debbie Nuttall, both aged 54, after getting connected via a mutual acquaintance.

The Nuttalls are a legitimate couple from Lancashire who won the jackpot, and their identities were impersonated.

Scammers posed as Richard and Debbie Nutall, a couple who won a lottery jackpot.Fraudsters masqueraded as Richard and Debbie Nutall, a couple who won a lottery jackpot. Anita Maric / SWNS

Eventually, after persistent requests for her confidential financial details, McKenna caught on to the fact that she was the victim of a cruel hoax.

“If they were recent lottery victors, why were they devoting so much time messaging me? They should be busy spending their money,” she stated further.

“How can anyone transition from being an innocent baby to such a monster? It’s despicable … I am infuriated that these people are capable of such actions.”

Presently, McKenna is raising the red flag for others who might become prey to this scam — a deception she managed to unveil before it was too late.

“I feel nauseated for [the victims]. They stand to lose thousands.”

McKenna is now warning others to be cautious of what she went through.McKenna is now alerting others to be wary of the ordeal she endured. Dympna McKenna / SWNS

Meanwhile, Allwyn, the company operating the lottery, is intensifying its warnings against scams of this nature.

“We are cognizant of the fact that certain individuals and organizations are trying to extract payment or personal information from people under different guises,” a representative stated, adding that the fictitious Nutalls’ Facebook account has been deactivated.

“We would urge people to remember the adage that, if something seems too good to be true, it likely is.”

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