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Earlier this week we broke a story about some Spencer gypsies who were using a GoFundMe scam to sucker people into feeling bad for them and paying for their lunches because they were too lazy to get jobs. Well apparently the Fitchburg/Leominster/Garnder area has their own GoFundMe trap queen, and her name is Stacey Collins.
She works in partnership with her husband Nick Collins from the Burg:
We’ve had a shitload of people reach out to us, imploring us to investigate them as well. We like to expose this kind of stuff, not necessarily to humiliate anyone, but rather to warn people not to become the next victim. Because spreading awareness is what Turtleboy Sports is all about. Let’s take a look at what we’ve found.
Apparently the scam is simple – go on the yard sale sites and claim to have a $100 Visa gift card for sale for $40, because they would rather have cash:
So this is just Internet conjecture, but generally speaking, where there is smoke there is often fire. A lot of people around Christmas time were posting warnings on yard sale pages about getting duped by these upstanding individuals:
Alright, first of all, not a smart move buying a gift card from someone posting on a yard sale site on Facebook. The mere fact that they’re willing to part with a $100 gift card for $40 or $50 should’ve been your first warning. But nonetheless, there’s still people out there who are naive, and it’s pretty messed up that crackheads are taking advantage of them at Christmas time in order to fuel their habits.
They seem to pretty primarily on the elderly:
This is evidently how it usually goes down. They post in one of the yard sale pages about the gift cards. If someone shows an interest in the comments they get a private message like this:
When they meet up to get the card, they give you a phone number of some friend of theirs, so you can call up and “verify” that the card is legit. They of course don’t tell you that you just spoke with an associate of theirs. Other people have claimed that while they were on the phone with “Visa” Nick and Stacey Collins literally just ran away, cash in hand.
Just like Sammie Holland, they’re using their tear jerking tall tales as bait in order to guilt the victims into buying their crap:
Lots of normal people get arrested for skipping court. Naturally then she wants people to give her cash for her never ending supply of gift cards so she can bail her All-Star husband out of jail on Christmas.
Unfortunately they have two children, which they claim to be needing the money for. But according to this woman, Stacey and Nick Collins don’t have custody of those children – she does:
According to Nick he’s getting them back though:
If these jerk whistles are allowed to raise children then I’ve completely lost faith in the system.
So yea, we did this because we wanted to raise awareness up in the 978. Share this blog with your grandma so she knows not to fall for these people’s schemes. They might seem like nice, reputable people trying to raise money for their kids, but that’s because drugs can make people pretend that they’re something they are not. Anything to get that next fix. If Stacey or Nick does message you out of the blue offering you a gift card, do what this person did:
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