A cafe owner in EDINBURGH, who has spent years saving money for his children, has lost all his life savings because of a cryptocurrency scam website.
Mick, who works at the Lodge Coffee House in the capital, took to Facebook to share the devastating news.
He spent seven years working at the cafe and wearing cheap clothes to save some money for his children’s future.
And Mick revealed that he invested his £100,000 savings in a crypto website that, after doing some investigation into the company, he thought appeared legit.
However, when he tried to withdraw money from his account, it never arrived.
The crypto site he apparently used was in fact a scam and all his life savings were gone.
Mick wrote on Facebook: “Dear people, I have pondered for days whether or not to write this as it is more personal than coffee related.
“Last week I had my life savings of £100,000 stolen from a crypto scam website.
“Seven years working at motels, wearing cheap sweatshirts and jeans to save money for the kids and their future.
“I invested it all in January after a thorough due diligence on the company, so I feel safe.
“My £35,000 deposit for my small flat was due so I tried to withdraw my money (I was alleged to be).
“It never came, after weeks of investigation it was found to be a scam and every avenue was explored to get it back.
“The purpose of the post was not sympathy (I wasn’t a person at the time), financial gain or anything like that.
“I did it, no one forced me. Just a word of warning, don’t be like me unless you’re a financial expert.
“It ruined my chances of having a home for my dad and kids. Be very careful what you do with your money, anyone can be anyone on the internet.”
Kind locals have set up a fundraiser to support Mick through this difficult time.
It reads: “Mick is the much-loved owner of the Lodge Cafe in the Hermitage of Braid local nature reserve.
“He serves the community with a smile and a chat, and the best cupcakes around!
“Sadly, he recently lost his life savings due to a financial scam, many of you will have seen his recent post about this huge loss.
“This money is saved in the hope that it will provide for his children’s home and future safety.
“Many people want to help in some small way and if you could contribute anything that would be greatly appreciated.
“Understandably this is a heavy blow to an honest man who works hard for his family. Even the price of a cup of coffee helps.”
And many in the local community shared their messages of support.
One said: “So sad to see you so sad this afternoon but like I said, so many people in this community are so grateful to you and what you’ve done for all of us.
“We are all here to support you through this difficult time. Hope something can be done and we would also be happy to contribute to a fund. Big love.”
Another wrote: “Sorry Mick here. You are a great dad and guy. Some people don’t care the damage they do but I know you will recover from this.”
A third commented: “Oh no, I’m so sorry this happened to you and really hope that something can be done to help you. There are some really bad people out there!”
You can donate to the fundraiser This.
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