Catfish Scam : Woman Divorces Her Husband, Sends $10,000 To Scammer
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McKala, a single mother from Kentucky, spent over a year believing she was exchanging romantic messages with Australian actor Dacre Montgomery, who played Billy Hargrove in Stranger Things.
The amateur actress and filmmaker was willing to do almost anything to be with him, despite never meeting him in person or even talking to him on the phone. After leaving her husband and sending him thousands of dollars in gift cards, she began to doubt the validity of their relationship and turned to the YouTube series Catfished for help.
McKala explained that she met her mysterious paramour after she separated from her 'very toxic' husband....
....and joined an online artists' forum to connect with other creatives like herself. She 'hit it off' with a stranger who hid behind his user name before claiming he was Dacre — one of her favorite actors.
'I’m suspicious from the get-go, until he starts doing things that make me believe he is who he is,' she told Catfished. The real-life Dacre has been in a relationship with his model girlfriend Liv Pollock for six years, but the person she was speaking with claimed they were unhappy.
'He was venting to me after a few months about his partner, saying she is very controlling of him. He doesn't get to do the things he wants to do. She's always there. She's always got to supervise,' she recalled. 'I kind of empathize with that because my ex-husband was that way.' After months of talking, McKala's 'Dacre' admitted to having feelings for her and asked her to be his girlfriend. 'He was like, "But you gotta keep it quiet because, you know, I'm still with Liv,"' she explained. McKala said he told her that he had broken up with Liv six months before, but they were technically still together to keep up with appearances.