Mercedes had been allegedly scammed by a 28-year-old man with a Lewis Hamilton fan account on social media referred to as ‘CenturionLewis’. On Twitter, the person was posing as an avid fan of the seven-time world champion and as a 20-year-old boy, tragically affected by terminal most cancers.
In March earlier this 12 months, he posted about his worsening battle with most cancers, stating:
“My most cancers has not decreased however has began to unfold round my physique, I had emergency radiotherapy remedy and went residence after which had a number of extreme seizures and now admitted into hospital, probably surgical procedure to return.”
Earlier in July, he even claimed to have gotten right into a near-fatal automotive crash, gathering loads of sympathy from others on social media. These posts caught the eye of Mercedes, who reportedly invited him to Brackley to tour the factories and watch the 2022 F1 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Later in July, he introduced that Mercedes had given him the chance to go to the crew in Brackley, posting:
“IM GOING TO BRACKLEY. Thanks a lot @MercedesAMGF1 you actually are probably the most unbelievable folks and I like you much more now.”
Two days later, it was introduced on the ‘CenturionLewis’ Twitter account that he had handed away. Consequently, tributes flooded social media.
The tweet saying the account holder’s alleged demise learn:
“Whats up everyone Simply to let you understand, CenturionLewis handed away peacefully this night after having a sudden decline in his well being right now, he requested me to replace you all, I’m sorry it’s not higher information One of many final issues he mentioned was everyone must unfold extra love.”
Mercedes, too, posted their condolences to the account holder after the announcement was made.
Nevertheless, in a stunning flip of occasions, just a few days later it was revealed that every thing about this Twitter account was faux. The account holder, allegedly named “Liam T”, is actually a 28-year-old man, working as a hospital porter. He has two kids and has not suffered from most cancers or the supposed automotive accident. Most significantly, Liam is alive and nicely.
As quickly because the information broke, Mercedes instantly took down their posts relating to Liam’s supposed loss of life. The 28-year-old not solely tricked the crew into an unique tour and entry to the Hungarian Grand Prix but in addition profited off a GoFundMe marketing campaign after gaining sympathies for present process most cancers remedies. This took social media by storm, and Liam shut down all of his pages throughout the web.
Some speculate that whereas Liam took down his ‘CenturionLewis’ web page, he’s nonetheless current on social media utilizing different faux accounts.
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Mercedes now not affected by bouncing points
Mercedes, who began off the season on a tough observe with worrying porpoising points, now not appear to be going through this downside after a easy and promising 2022 F1 Hungarian GP.
The crew’s trackside engineering director, Andrew Shovlin, advised Auto Motor und Sport:
“Bouncing is now not a difficulty in any respect. We nonetheless have just a few issues within the quiver, nothing spectacular however issues that can take us additional. We’re now not going round in circles however are actually shifting ahead repeatedly.”
The Silver Arrows at the moment stand third within the constructors’ standings, with 334 factors to their identify.