A TikToker took to the platform to share her story of how she was scammed by her cousin, who told her she had an outlet for designer goods at a discounted price.
Through a series of videos, TikToker @madimommy16 shared with her viewers how she was tricked out of $4,000 by her cousin who knowingly scammed her and some friends with fake designer bags, shoes and belts.
It all starts with a first video teasing the story, with @madimommy16 sharing the long and short story of her story in an 11 second video that garnered 88.4k views.
“Gave my cousin $4,000 because she said she had a designer plug,” reads a text overlay on the video. “Now I got a protective order against me and Saks said it’s all fake.”
In a three-part storytime, @madimommy16 describes how her cousin claimed she had access to real designer goods. The cousin reportedly said that if she and her interested friends sent her screenshots of what they wanted and paid in advance, she would get the items for them.
Between herself and her friends, @madimommy16 said her cousin cheated her out of a total of $10,000. She also said she is now seeking damages from her cousin for double what she owes her in interest and emotional damage, for a total of $8,000.
@madimommy16 said she found out her items were counterfeit because she tried to exchange some of them at Saks Fifth Avenue as some were the wrong size and she says staff there informed her. She also said her cousin indicated to her mother that she knew the bags, shoes, belts and other goods were counterfeit when she sold them to her.
The protective order against her, said @madimommy16, came as she and her friends were persistently asking this cousin of hers for her money.
“I got a whole protective order against me for asking someone for my damn money,” she says in one of the videos.
Commentators agreed that the woman had every right to pursue the money. Others have expressed shock that one of their family members would do such a thing.
“My mouth is on the floor!” wrote one commenter. “What the hell (shaking head) with your OWN family?”
“She gives me hater vibes cuz it doesn’t make sense yeah whoop her cousin,” wrote another commenter.
“Damn she really strayed from you guys it all sucks,” wrote one commenter.
The Daily Dot reached out to @madimommy16 via a comment on the video.
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*Initial publication: April 9, 2022 1:21 pm CDT
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.
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