Rugby league star Rob Burrow, 38, slams ‘scumbags’ as fake fundraising accounts set up in his name after MND battle
RUGBY league star Rob Burrow has slammed the “scumbags” who set up fake social media accounts to aim to fleece cash out of followers.
The 38-year-old turned an avid fundraiser since his devastating motor neurone illness prognosis – nonetheless sick scammers have now tried to swindle well-wishers out of charity money.
Fraudsters set up a fake Twitter account impersonating the ex-England worldwide asking of us to ship cash through PayPal.
But the Leeds Rhino legend condemned the vile con artists in a livid tweet.
The father-of-three advised his followers: “They have been asking for folks to ship cash to an email correspondence account.
“Please don’t be the one who falls for the scumbags. Everything on here is true, don’t fall for it. Thanks everyone.”
Brave Burrow has remained a beacon of sunshine amidst his terminal sickness and has spearheaded fundraisers to finance analysis into MND after his prognosis in 2019 at merely 37-years-old.
The debilitating situation, that impacts an estimated 5,000 adults in the UK, causes muscle tissues to waste away after a shortage of nerve cells that administration the easiest way you stroll, speak about, eat, drink and breathe.
The situation is presently incurable and tragically half of the 1,500 of us acknowledged yearly die inside merely 24 months.
Rob shared his brave battle in the path of the illness – that has robbed him of his potential to stroll and speak about – in a BBC documentary in 2020 titled Rob Burrow: My Year with MND.
It was nominated for this yr’s Best Authored Documentary on the National Television Awards.
His companion Lindsey talked about of the scammers: “It’s merely shameful that any individual would try and capitalise on this and take cash that’s being raised for an necessary set off.
“We acted on it immediately and reported it and the one which tweeted deleted it.
“Fortunately, it’s the first time that we’ve come across anything like this. But it’s quite unbelievable that somebody would try to do that.
“It was a bit of a shock and it just shows you’ve got to be so careful and vigilant with social media.”
The sports activities actions star was awarded an MBE for his extraordinary work for elevating consciousness of motor neurone illness in the 2021 New Years Honours List.
As correctly as a string of rugby buddies, he has impressed an entire bunch of others to show into involved with fundraising.
Just final weekend, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham ran the Great North Run in honour of the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease in Leeds.
Rob’s former teammate Kevin Sinfield furthermore created the 7 in 7 Challenge, which duties of us with ending seven runs or walks over seven consecutive days.
Kevin ran seven marathons in seven days for the set off in tribute to his shut pal and the fundraiser has since raised over £280,000 to assist battle motor neurone illness.