NEW YORK – A GoFundMe page for a woman named "Cinnamon Nicole" was set up after Wednesday's record breaking 1.5 billion dollar Powerball drawing. The person who set up the account says they spent everything on Powerball tickets.
Some are questioning if the account was part of a scam. Is "Cinnamon Nicole" a real person? GoFundMe has shut down the account.
The GoFundMe page description states:
Please help me and my family as we have exhausted all of our funds. We spent all of our money on lottery tickets (expecting to win the 1.5 billion) and are now in dire need of cash. With your small donation of at least $1.00, a like and one share, I’m certain that we will be able to pick ourselves up from the trenches of this lost and spend another fortune trying to hit it big again! PLEASE, won’t you help a family in need. DONATE NOW.
In exchange for a donation, like and share, Nicole promised to make people her #MCM (Man Crush Monday) or #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday).
Not everyone was in a giving mood after reading about Nicole's Powerball losses. Vibe spotted this comment by Kenyatta Gibson:
“Guuuuuuuuuuurl…….I ‘SWEATERGAAAAAWD’ if I see one person give you one rusty copper penny I will spend ten times what you spent on lottery tickets on PLANE tickets to fly to their humble abode so spoiled in riches that they can afford to make it rain on Sweet Brown like ratchet humans such as you who choose to spend their cash on Remy, Flaming Hot Cheetos, VOSS Water and Powerball, and commence to kicking every single one of their asses!!!”
The brazen crowdsourcing effort managed to pull in hundreds of dollars before GoFundMe shut it down.
"The campaign in question was removed for a violation of GoFundMe's Terms & Conditions," GoFundMe Media Director Kelsea Little told PIX11 in a statement.
It is not clear who set up the GoFundMe account. Someone may be impersonating "Cinnamon Nicole" in an attempt to scam donations from sympathetic readers. No one has been able to contact the mystery mom for a comment.