You may remember the story of Johnny Bobbitt. It was a touching tale of a homeless man who gave his last $20 to help a stranded woman named Kate McClure buy gas. McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico were so touched that they created a GoFundMe page raising money to help get the generous homeless man off the streets. It was practically a Hallmark Christmas movie come to life.
And it turned out to be a complete hoax.
In reality, McClure, D’Amico, and Bobbitt had met outside a casino and planned the hoax together. The whole thing might have worked except the story was so compelling that it went viral and the plan to raise a relatively small amount of money soon ballooned to over $400,000. With that much money involved, greed apparently set in. D’Amico and McClure bought a new BMW and took expensive vacations while Bobbitt got cut out of most of the money.