A New York woman is trying to blag $20,000 to pay off her shopping debt from people on the internet - and is succeeding.
Since setting up her website - www.savekaryn.com - in late June, Karyn, who refuses to reveal her surname, says she has had more than 200,000 hits and that money is starting to roll in, albeit along with hatemail.
The home page says: "Hello! My name is Karyn, I'm really nice, and I'm asking for your help. You see, I have this huge credit card debt and I need $20,000 to pay it off. So if you have an extra buck or two, please send it my way!"
But what is surprising is that she is actually getting a fair bit of money through the site, including over $1,000 last week.
However, Karyn has also been attacked - she labels more than half the emails she receives as "mean".
There is also a satirical rival at www.dontsavekaryn.com, set up by Karyn-haters "Bob and Ben", which uses the same webpage layout.
"We too are internet panhandlers. Please help us waste your money. We are nice ... no money will be used to help homeless people or starving people in Africa," Bob and Ben tell visitors to their site.
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