A mum from Cornwall has been left “devastated” after being scammed out of £150 for her daughter’s Christmas present.
Shelly Harris, 43, posted a message on an autism support group on Facebook asking for advice after she had been let down and hadn’t been able to get the PlayStation her daughter, who has autism, wanted for Christmas.
Alongside messages on how to manage the potential ‘meltdown’ her daughter may have, Shelly received a message from a woman who said she had a PlayStation 4 she would sell her for £150.
Sadly the woman, who claimed to be from the North West, took Shelly’s money and gave her nothing in return, reports Cornwall Live’s sister site the Liverpool Echo.
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CornwallLive understands ‘a number of people,’ many of whom live in the North West, have contacted Shelly to say they’ve been scammed in the same way as her.
Shelley is particularly upset that the alleged fraudster appears to have targeted people on an autism support group.
“She was messaging every day about how she has four children and one is autistic too. She was really overly friendly and even told me her husband has cheated,” Sally said, “After I sent her the money she said that the PlayStation had been sent back to the post office, she has then deleted that whole account and is now untraceable. She just vanished.”
“It’s just the fact she went onto an autism support group, where you’re supposed to be supporting each other – but she’s trying to rip someone off. I couldn’t do that to someone!
“I’m also upset and angry at myself for falling for it, but I’m also more upset that she knows my daughter has autism and she’d do that to a child on Christmas. I don’t understand how they sleep at night,” she added.
Shelly posted about the incident on a ‘crime in Wirral’ group on Facebook to make others aware – and was shocked to hear from a number of people who appeared to have been targeted in the same way.
“I put into a few groups I thought we’d been scammed and loads of people said that they were aware of the account.
“Another person also messaged me to say she had taken £350 for a MacBook and then vanished,” she added.