The Truth Behind A College Student’s “Conservative Scam” – Your Black World

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By: Ryan Velez

Essence reports that over the course of this week, a supposed scam by a black college student in the Midwest supposedly got more than six figures by tricking conservatives, but as we look closer at the story, it’s not clear exactly how much the student got out of their scam.

The young woman’s con started by going to Twitter while wearing a Make America Great Again hat and putting out the storyline that she had been cut off by her parents for supporting Donald Trump. To help give the lie some credibility, she doctored some text messages between her and her parents, before putting up a link to a GoFundMe page. The swindler, who goes by the name Karen, says that she originally got the idea from a young black woman who as an actual Trump supporter, and that the scam first started as a gag.

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“[The Republican Party] needs Black faces,” the college student told Elle, “so they throw money at any Black person that says they support Trump so that people stop thinking of them as the ‘racist party’ But it’s never going to happen.”

“Karen” was outed after a Twitter user went back to previous posts and saw that her admiration for former President Barack Obama made her an unlikely Trump supporter.

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“The Trumpies saw my old tweets about Obama and realized maybe I might have been lying. But I was faster and took everything before it could be taken from me.” She also has little qualms about the scam, saying that she used some of the funds to buy a new phone and go shopping. However, in an updated interview with New York Magazine, the truth came out, and that while some people may have took the bait, the scam made a lot less than six figures. “Karen” said that she didn’t actually make much at all. “That’s between me and the IRS,” she said.

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“That’s the thing though: I didn’t,” she confessed. “I just felt really weird about taking their money. This could go south really fast, I just decided to refund everyone and give their money back. I think it was like maybe $200 at that point.” Email screenshots she provided apparently prove that the money was refunded. Regardless of political allegiance, this is probably the best course of action, considering this is still a crime.

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