GoFundMe, the popular crowdfunding platform, has taken strict action against Rob Mercer, a World Series of Poker player, who deceived the platform’s users by fabricating a cancer diagnosis in order to receive substantial donations for his participation in the WSOP.
GoFundMe has permanently banned Rob Mercer, a poker player who deceived the platform’s users by falsely claiming to have cancer in order to receive donations for his participation in the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The company has refunded all donations and stated their zero-tolerance policy towards those who exploit the community’s generosity.
Permanent Ban and Refund of Donations
A spokesperson for GoFundMe has confirmed that anyone who contributed to Rob’s fundraiser has been fully refunded, and he has been permanently banned from using the platform in the future.
The company emphasizes its zero-tolerance policy towards individuals who exploit the generosity of the community. Furthermore, GoFundMe proactively cooperates with law enforcement when specific cases involve formal accusations of wrongdoing.
Earlier this week, Rob Mercer admitted to his elaborate deceit, in which he established a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for his attendance at the WSOP event in Las Vegas. Claiming to have colon cancer, Rob managed to garner between $30,000 and $50,000 in donations from supportive individuals.
In a recent interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Rob confessed that the entire cancer story was fabricated and described it as a “spur-of-the-moment” decision. He further revealed that he now believes he may have undiagnosed breast cancer, but chose to lie about colon cancer out of embarrassment.
Potential Consequences for Future Help
While Rob claims to have undiagnosed breast cancer, he should not expect to have any recourse for help via GoFundMe due to his fraudulent behavior.
Reaction of Poker Community
Nick Vertucci, a professional poker player who had befriended Rob, expressed his disappointment and disgust regarding the cancer hoax. In light of the deception, Vertucci has distanced himself from Rob and condemned his actions as “gross.”