A terminally ill man who is trying to raise money to visit his dying mother in Jamaica has been ripped off by a fraudster using fake bank notes.
Errol Tate, who is seriously ill with prostrate, lymph and bone cancer, hopes to be able to travel to Jamaica to see his mum one last time.
His family were keen to help him raise the money for the flight, so his son, Jawara, decided to sell his new iPad on selling app Schpok.
A man bought the device, but when he came to collect it, he handed Jawara what turned out to be £340 in counterfeit bank notes.
The notes were so convincing that the family only realised something wasn’t right after spotting that some of the notes had the same serial number.
Errol, from Timperley, reported the incident to the police but says they’re still waiting for someone to come and collect the fake notes.
Now he’s warning others to be careful about selling items through apps and online, while Jawara has launched a fundraising page to help get his dad to Jamaica.
Errol, who is well known for his poetry workshops and work with primary schools, particularly in Moss Side, said: “I have cancer. My mother is in the same way.
“My mother is near her time now and I had a call from my sister saying she wants to see her son before she goes.
“My son is a Manchester Metropolitan University student, and he sold his brand new iPad to help with the plane tickets.
“He is so frustrated because he just wants this to happen for me.”
“I think this is the new way people are getting rid of counterfeit notes. The shops have equipment to be able to see if they are fake, but people at home don’t have that.”
Errol added: “I want people who are selling things online to be aware that this can happen.”
Jawara said: “My dad’s an inspiration not just for my brothers, sisters, and myself, but for many children wherever he has lived and worked.
“I was so angry, shattered and devastated that my plan to help my dad had fell apart, not knowing what to do, I punched hole in the door in frustration feeling defeated.”
To make a donation on Jawara’s fundraising page, click here.