The largest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is reportedly a fraud — and run by a grey Australian human who used it to rack up over $100,000 in donations.
According to CNN, the page, plainly announced “Black Lives Matter, ” had almost 700,000 partisans before it was suspended; virtually 400,000 more than the verified sheet of the same name.
The page was connected with online fundraisers that brought in at least $100,000 that presumably was just going Black Lives Matter motives. However, at the least some of the money was just going a bank in Australia.
Online payment scaffolds for the false page, including PayPal and Donorbox, have been suspended since the page was uncovered as a fraud.
The scam has been restrained to Ian Mackay, an official with the National Union of Workers in Australia. He has been suspended by the union pending an investigation. A rep for the union distanced itself from the scammer, telling CNN:
“The NUW is not involved in, and has not authorized, the specific activities with reference to claims shaped in CNN’s story.”
Mackay has reportedly registered with dozens of websites, many of who the hell is tied to pitch-black liberties. He cross-file blackpowerfist.com in 2015 applying his refer, email address, and phone number.
Mackay repudiated participating in the fake sheet when CNN reached out to him about it last-place month. When asked about a BLM website that was once registered to his specify, he told the shop he “bought the domain name merely and sold it.” The Facebook page was then deactivated within a few hours.
Oddly enough, the representatives from the verified BLM org were apparently privy to the phony page for quite some time, and contend Facebook and Twitter neglected requests to have it taken down! A word on BLM’s website clarified 😛 TAGEND
“For months after memorandum the sham charts, the Black Lives Matter Global Network and many of our collaborators reached out to both Twitter and Facebook to seek the counterfeit sketches be deactivated and taken down. Regrettably, our requests received no suitable answer and many followers continued to be misled. We are alleviated that the sham profiles have eventually been removed and said he hoped that the social media stages will soon adopt etiquettes to stop this from happening again.”
Wow. You’d envisage Facebook would already have a protocol in place for swindle like this — or at the VERY least would be responsive to requests to have the sheets taken down!
Until the social place steps up its activity, make sure any sheets you plan on giving to have that blue-blooded supported check mark on the top — otherwise, your coin is possibly going to some grey Australian guy.
[ Image via Black Lives Matter .]