By John Siddle & Phil Cardy
A woman reportedly faked terminal cancer in order to conn people out of thousands of dollars to pay for her dream wedding in the UK.
Toni Standen shaved her head and claimed she was given a terminal cancer diagnosis, prompting her friends to launch a fundraising page to help Toni and her partner James to have the “wedding they deserve”.
The Mirror reports the 29-year-old pocketed over £8,000 ($10K USD) after giving newspaper interviews where she said: “It’s gone to my brain, my bones – it’s everywhere.”
Guests grew suspicious after a video recording from Toni’s father (who actually died from cancer before the wedding) was played, but only moments afterwards she was “cracking jokes” during her speech.
“She could have won an Oscar, her acting was that good. She fooled us all. We were all completely sucked in,” one of her friends told the publication.
“She told me she was dying and I fell for it.”
Toni’s elaborate lie was finally exposed when she claimed to also have coronavirus, and her friends became suspicious, with two deciding to finally question her.