Christmas is a time when people feel like sharing what they have and spreading happiness. It is the time when most open their hearts to the less fortunate. But not everyone has such pure intentions. Some simply try to make the most o fit without any thought to the consequences. One such fraudster, known as dignan2 on Reddit posted this missive on the site:
“I'm a single father of 3 and live in Seabrook. Contact me at sngldad13 at gmail. I will do whatever I can to help. Do you have transportation?
I can take you guys for meals, and I'm sure my extended family would be more than happy to have you guys over for meals if we can find a way to get you around.
I also work at Space Center Houston, and would love to have you guys come visit the center. I can get you in for free and probably get your daughter a freebie from the gift shop. I'm also willing to let you guys come in after hours and watch anything on Netflix on our IMAX screen.
Please pm me and I'll give you my cell phone number. Please let me help all I can.”
Many of the Redditor who read his post reached out to help. Many even ordering gifts for the little girl from the wish list, until someone busted his bubble of fraud. Another Redditor by the name razzledazzled posted, “I feel bad for all the folks here at reddit that don't know about dignan's past. This guy is basically a total loser who has selfishly decided that he will take away any chance of a normal future from his daughter so that he can use her as a "charity" point as he continually refuses any kind of opportunity at a real job. He is a deadbeat that considers ebay arbitrage and occasional price gouging of electronics a steady living suitable for raising a young daughter. He is a known and outed scammer at our community www.shacknews.com and has many choice posts for those wanting to know more about his history.”
Here are some of the posts put on display by razzledazzled:
Needless to say that got the poor-single-dad a lot of thrashing online. People definitely didn’t like being conned especially when it came to playing with their sympathy.
There were comments like:
Wooooow. My daughter will get 3 gifts this year. I can't imagine her getting half of what is on that list. What a greedy, awful person. I mean, we can afford the basics and whatnot...but extras aren't really in the budget too much. So we're doing the 3 things...one thing to play with, one thing to read and one thing to wear. I'm sure she'll probably survive with only getting 3 gifts. This list...is just...greedy and awful. Makes me sad.
Yeah I got all teary-eyed when I read his story. I decided I want to help out a little also, go to the WishList... I see $50 gift cards, a Wii U, tablet PC's, and other electronics. I decided then that it was a scam.
Just a few days ago, Redditors came together to help a man in genuine need, the act was commendable and very inspiring as well. But people like dignan2 really get the people rubbed the wrong way and tests people’s willingness to trust and lend a helping hand.