When a woman by the name of "Dory" tweeted about how no one came to her best friend Chelsie Collins' baby shower, the internet showered the woman with messages of sympathy and solidarity, leading to 16,000 retweets. And it's not hard to see why. The since-deleted photos Dory shared of two empty decorated tables in a Golden Corral in Ohio and a deflated mom-to-be were incredibly sad.
Or at least, they would be sad if they were true.
Yes folks, the Twitterverse has been fooled by yet another scam, and this time it was a baby shower scam, of all things. But the truth finally came to light not long after some good-natured folks asked for a way they could send money or gifts to the sad mother-to-be. "Dory" tweeted a link to a Paypal account for donations and even shared a Walmart registry. More than 350 gifts had already been bought by the time one smart Twitter user realized something was off.
The user, known by "Jimi the Juice Man" on his handle, scanned through "Dory's" suspicious tweets and realized that while she said she was black in one tweet, whoever the Paypal account belonged to was clearly white. Also, the Paypal was under a totally different name than Chelsie Collins — Dorothy Holmes.
It gets even worse. "Jimi" then took it upon himself to call the specific Golden Corral the bridal party took place at, and the manager said that all 12 guests at the party indeed showed up.
But wait! There's more. New York Magazine reached out to both Holmes and Collins to get their side of the story. And it was definitely... different.
"The moment the tweet was posted nobody was there," Holmes said. "The tweet was 100 percent accurate at that point in time. It was not a turnout; her aunt was her only relative [at the party]. I had two of my personal friends. Her aunt brought three children, and her little sister was there. That was it…there was definitely not 12 people there."
The pair defended themselves, saying they don't consider this to be a baby shower scam, even though they received more than 300 gifts.
"If they buy me baby stuff and we go take it back for money, that's what I feel like scamming would actually be," Collins said. "We are actually going to use this stuff."
And in a since-deleted video on Periscope, Holmes added that she never asked for gifts or money and only tweeted out the links when people asked for them.
"We didn't ask for it to go viral," she said.
Moral of the story? Don't ever give money or gifts away unless the info is verifiable and confirmed by multiple reliable sources to be accurate. Too many people are eager to take advantage of the kind-hearted these days, and you don't want to end up being one of them!