A mom who believed that she was in a relationship with a ‘Stranger Things’ actor was left devastated after discovering that she was scammed.
McKala from Kentucky has spent a year chatting with a man who she thought was actor Dacre Montgomery, who starred as Billy Hargrove in the Netflix show.
Their ‘love story’ began when McKala, a filmmaker, met the scammer through an online artists’ forum.
Appearing on the YouTube series Catfished, she said that she ‘hit it off’ with the guy who told her that his name was Dacre Montgomery.
“I’m suspicious from the get-go until he starts doing things that make me believe he is who he is,” she expressed.
Things escalated quickly when the ‘actor’ started opening up about his personal problems.
“He was venting to me after a few months about his partner, saying she is very controlling of him,” she went on, referring to Montgomery’s girlfriend, Liv Pollock.
“He doesn’t get to do the things he wants to do. She’s always there. She’s always got to supervise. I kind of empathize with that because my ex-husband was that way,” McKala continued.
After months of chatting online, the stranger asked her to be his girlfriend.
“He was like, ‘But you gotta keep it quiet because, you know, I’m still with Liv,’” she said.
“He wasn’t posting about her. She wasn’t posting about him. The only thing that I have seen in the last two years…was a thing where she was posting about their five-year anniversary.”
There was even a point when the stranger gave her an ultimatum, forcing her to choose between her now ex-husband and him.
To add even more pressure, the mystery man started asking for some financial aid. Why? Because of his controlling girlfriend.
“Before I knew it, it was turning into $100, $200 gift cards,” she said, revealing that she sent him around $10,000.
McKala admitted that her trauma had played a role in her vulnerability. “If you’re someone like me, you’re afraid of abandonment and you’re a real big people pleaser and you’re very co-dependent… These scammers, they just kind of come in and they leech off that,” she warned.
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