Heartbroken Scot gets fake Facebook message from dead mum


A grieving son was horrified to receive a Facebook Messenger contact – from his dead mother.

Andrew Barnsley was confronted with the deeply upsetting message saying his mum, who died two years ago, wanted to connect with him.

Linda Barnsley, died aged just 46 from heart failure, but a scammer, or sick hoaxer, used her picture and name to get in touch with the 20-year-old.

The call centre worker from Paisley , Renfrewshire, posted the images to social media and asked for help tracking down the culprit after receiving the shocking message last night.

Andrew received this distressing message

 

He shared the screenshots with the caption: “Losing my mum two year ago was the hardest thing I’ve ever went through and it still breaks my heart.

“And some wee sick c*** thinks they can sit and make a fake messenger of her and mail me.”

He added: “Does anyone know a way I can track this to whoever has done this and f****** punch f*** out them?”

The conversation begins a message from the fake account that was created recently saying: “Hello, how you doing?” followed by two kisses using the cross key

Andrew replies to the fake account with saying: “Who the f*** is this?”

He then gets the message: “Hi it’s Linda.”

Andrew then replies saying: ” This is f***** sick as f**** why the f*** whoever this is create a profile of my dead mum?”

Speaking today Andrew said: “I honestly have no idea if it’s a scammer or someone thinking it’s a funny joke. I would hope it’s a scammer, but I won’t have closure until I know.

Andrew with his late mother Linda and brother Martin

 

“My mother was also my best friend, and my everything, so it makes it a lot harder when something like this happens.

“I’m just sitting watching Netflix with my girlfriend and it says my mum wants to connect with me on Facebook.

“I clicked on it and seen the message and instantly burst into tears and I think I kept crying for another two hours.

“The things me and many others would do to speak to a passed parent and people want to do stuff like that makes me sick.

“I haven’t reported it to Facebook yet as it will just remove my message and I want to keep it there and take it to the police so they can use it.”

Angry Andrew appealed for helping in tracing those responsible

Andrew’s post has prompted widespread condemnation on social media.

@conorhughes- wrote under Andrew’s post: “That’s f***** shocking mate hope they get whats f**** coming to them.”

And @mollyfinn – added: “So sorry to see this, but it’s people from other countries copying as many profiles as possible and messaging people in their friend lists – a scam to try and get money eventually. They know nothing about the profiles they’re copying.”

User @Jxss-olivia19 said: “Happened to me day before my dad’s funeral. It’s f****** sick in the head some extremes people go to.”

@chlopohutch wrote: “The exact same thing happened to my family, we got messages saying ‘hi how are you doing?’ too. Absolutely horrible felt so sick.”

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