Scammers target dying Hamilton mother

Last updated 12:12 09/01/2014
Jennifer Doolabh

Terminally ill mother Jennifer Doolabh with her newborn son Matthias in Waikato Hospital.

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A Hamilton mother who stopped receiving treatment for her terminal cancer so she could give birth to her child has been targeted by scammers.

Jennifer Doolabh, who fell pregnant for a third time after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, gave birth to Matthias  - which means god's gift in Hebrew -  on December 23.

The baby was delivered at 34 weeks and is now out of the incubator, but CT scans taken immediately after his birth revealed Doolabh's cancer had spread while treatment had stopped - and she is now enduring another bout of chemotherapy.

Her heart-wrenching story, which first appeared in the Waikato Times in December, provoked an outpouring of well wishes and donations for Doolabh and her family.

But it has also attracted the vulturous attention of people trying to exploit her circumstances.

A fake Facebook profile has been established by scammers who are trying to solicit donations.

The page uses Doolabh's previous surname, Jenn Rupe, and features a photo of her with her 5-year-old daughter Bailey. 

There are few details on the profile, other than that she attended Waikato School of Hairdressing and Melville High School - neither of which can be confirmed.

Last night, Doolabh posted on her official Facebook page: ''Just to let you all know there is a FAKE profile of someone pretending to be me and asking for donations/money etc - This is definitely something I would not do [sic]."

She warned her Facebook friends not to accept a friend request from the hoax profile.

Doolabh started chemotherapy again yesterday.

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