Dont talk to stangers who you meet on twitch. Dont Donate to anyone.
warning to all of the perils and danger of following streamers on twitch and am writing this as a concerned parent with the hope that no one else will get taken like we did.
My son in his early twentys is an avid gamer and spends most of free time playing COD (call of duty) online and is very naive and gullible and he has always had money management issues . His personality is that he has always been a very generous and giving person willing to help anyone . This whole nightmare started when he got steered and lured by other gamers online to this popular attractive female streamer who also plays COD online. Eventually after being invited to visit and chat with her on TWITCH they developed some type of a relationship online. Over the course of about 3 months my son had donated roughly over 40K via TWITCH and amazon gifts to this attractive streamer that he was enamored with. He essentially got cleaned out and is now so financially strapped that he cannot even pay his credit card payments nor make his truck payments. We had to step in and make these payments for him as he had essentially gave away all his money to this streamer. I was devastated and in shock when I started investigating on what happened to his finances. The money that was lost was meant for his future and a nest egg for a downpayment on a house for him.
Now I am mostly a non-judgmental person and.have no qualms on what a person does for a living but a good decent person with a soul would have stopped the donations once it reached a $1000 which in itself is a lot of money but to encourage the donations and gifts to keeping coming to the point where it exceeded over $40,000 is just insane, greedy and evil in my opinion. Now my son is lot to blame but he was so taken by this female streamer it was like he was enchanted or hypnotised by her. At the time he was in a rough spot and was down and depressed. She said all the right things to him that he wanted to hear and he basically does not have much social skills with girls.
Our entire family has been turned upside and traumatized by this entire situation and we all feel that my son had been manipulated and victimized. After we had found out and my son realized the gravity and graveness of him giving away all of his money he contacted this female streamer and asked if could get his money back or a least a part of it so that he would not be destitute. Not surprisingly her answer was a NO and retorted that there are no refunds as stipulated in Twitch.
I am now considering legal action as no one should be allowed to get away with this and destroying other peoples lives.