Woman Divorce Husband For A Catfish Claiming To Be “Stranger Things” Star Dacre Montgomery
An American woman, McKayla, reportedly claimed that she ended her marriage and lost $10,000 to an online stranger who posed as a star from her favourite Netflix series, “Stranger Things.”
McKayla, a single mother from Kentucky, shared her remarkable journey on the YouTube show “Catfished.”
Her journey began with a desire to interact with other movie lovers on an online artist forum.
Amidst a challenging period in her life, McKayla said she sought solace and creative collaboration in the realm of filmmaking.
Little did she know that this seemingly harmless quest for companionship would lead to a whirlwind of unexpected events.
McKayla said she was in a “toxic” relationship with her then-husband when she joined an online artist forum for film enthusiasts.
“I’m incredibly excited to connect with fellow filmmakers who share the same passion for the art of filmmaking,” she wrote. “I’m currently seeking creative collaboration opportunities, and I believe that together, we can create something truly remarkable,” McKayla stated.
The turning point arrived when McKayla received a message from a user with the handle “DK MH,” who boldly claimed to be none other than Dacre Montgomery, the actor behind the charismatic character Billy Hargrove in Netflix’s hit series “Stranger Things.”
Even though she was dubious about it, they began to connect. But as time went on, the impersonator managed to convincingly emulate the star, blurring the lines between reality and deception.
“Me and him just really hit it off, but of course, I’m suspicious from the get-go until he starts doing things that make me believe that he is who he is,” McKayla told the showrunners.
As time went on, Montgomery’s imposter allegedly told McKayla that he was having issues with his girlfriend, model Liv Pollock.
When they spoke, McKayla claimed that they felt empathy for the fictional Montgomery because of their shared personal experiences.
Both, according to her, had experienced controlling partners in their individual relationships, which served as a connecting factor.
“That’s one thing we actually bonded over, and basically through the relationship, he was venting to me after a few months about his partner saying she’s very controlling of him, he doesn’t get to do the things he wants to do, she’s always there, (she’s) always got to supervise,
“I kind of empathised with that because my ex-husband was that way,” McKayla said.
The imposter’s manipulation tactics then took a more sinister turn. McKayla found herself being coerced into parting not only with her alleged abusive husband but also with her hard-earned money.
McKayla said the fictional Montgomery gave her an ultimatum to choose between him or her husband.
Soon after, she told her husband that she wanted him to vacate the house.
“Listen, it’s not working out. You’re not letting me be me, you’re not letting me be free, I said I need you to leave,” she said to her now-ex husband.
Following the separation, the imposter escalated his demands, coercing McKayla to part with her money through various means, including cash, gift cards, and even cryptocurrency. In total, she lost a staggering $10,000 to the scammer.
As the truth unravelled by the show producers, it became clear that “DK MH” was, in fact, a “romance scammer—an individual who creates fake personas on dating platforms and social media to ensnare unsuspecting victims into financial traps.
These scammers prey on vulnerabilities, using emotional manipulation to control their victims and extract money or valuable items.
Reflecting on her ordeal, McKayla shared, “If you’re someone like me, you’re afraid of abandonment and you’re a real big people pleaser, and these scammers, they just kind of come in and they leech off that.”
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