Becca Beushausen, a 26-year-old woman who went by “April’s Mom” online, scammed gullible readers out of money to help pay for a fake pregnancy. Then she accidentally screwed up her scam by posting a photo of the supposed baby last week. “‘It wasn’t a photo of a baby at all,’ said Elizabeth Russell, a mother and maker of lifelike Reborn Dolls, ‘It was a doll. I have that same doll.'”
Don’t give your money to strangers you’ve only met online, unless you’re paying them for entertaining fiction. If you feel compelled to financially help out, consider donating to a related charity.
“Baby Blog Hoaxer Explains Her ‘Lie'” [ABC News]