GABBY Petito’s parents have slammed spooky messages they say are being sent on her behalf after Instagram and Twitter reportedly declined their verification requests.
Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt said fake accounts solicited donations on their behalf to honor the slain vlogger, who was 22 when she was found dead Wyoming last year.
On Tuesday, Schmidt wrote on Twitter: “Scammers are still around with 20,000 followers on Instagram. Sorry, this picture is so blurry, this was sent to me.
She added: “That’s also disturbing… @Twitter messages! I would never speak to anyone like that, my friends. #scam #gabbypetito #fakeaccount”
Gabby’s father Joseph also chimed in, sharing Schmidt’s message and adding his own statement.
Schmidt shared a screenshot of a message she said was sent by someone claiming to be her.
The message read: “When I told you I’m not receiving your payments I had to stop everyone from sending donations, gifts, paintings etc because I don’t know what’s going on.
“As much as I want my daughter’s mural, I still haven’t received the $79 because I didn’t have anyone ship anything because I wanted to make sure you were okay and I could find out.”
The message then goes on to express how much the author misses Gabby, as they claim “the memories still reach me”.
Schmidt had previously commented on the alleged fraud on her behalf.
On September 1, she wrote: “Twitter fam just a warning… someone is trying to scam money on my behalf. I will NEVER text anyone asking for donations, ever!”
The family’s statements come just days after the premiere of a Lifetime film about Gabby and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.
The film, which follows the story of the couple on their ill-fated road trip across the country, has drawn significant backlash in the days following its Oct. 1 premiere.
Gabby’s parents recently celebrated the first anniversary of the vlogger’s body being found in Grand Teton National Park.
The heartbroken parents urged the public to look out for signs of domestic violence everywhere.
Petito and Schmidt participated in an audio conversation on Twitter Spaces that left many online listeners reflecting on Gabby’s life, which was tragically cut short.
The former couple often work together to honor Gabby’s life by raising awareness of domestic violence.
The parents had recently won a legal victory when the Moab Police Department hired a domestic violence specialist after failing to adequately help Gabby shortly before her death.
Gabby and Brian were on a cross-country camping trip in Utah when she went missing days before he showed up at his parents’ Florida home without her.
The 22-year-old vlogger’s body was recovered about a month later after Brian returned to Florida in the van they were traveling in without her.
Millions were then spent manhunting for Brian, with law enforcement eventually uncovering his remains after he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In Brian’s suicide note, he reportedly claimed he killed Gabby out of “mercy” after she sustained an injury.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues addressed in this story, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or chat at thehotline.org.
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