MAFS star Mishel Karen SCAMMED out of $77,000 by love fraud (2022)

Former Married At First Sight star Mishel Karen has become one of Australia's biggest and most unlikely OnlyFans stars over the last year.

But the 51-year-old grandmother has now been defrauded out of her earnings from the site after being targeted in an elaborate financial trading scam that's left her broke and emotionally devastated.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the mum-of-two said that conmen ran off with over $77,267 of her money, on top of leaving her broken-hearted after one wooed her with a fake romance.

EXCLUSIVE: Former Married At First Sight star Mishel Karen (pictured) has been left penniless after an online scam tricked her into forking out over $77,000 of her earnings from OnlyFans

'I feel like a really big dumb dumb, I really do,' she admitted.

'They know the person, they know your weakness and then they start playing on that.'

Mishel was originally tricked into signing up with an online brokerage, which Daily Mail Australia cannot name for legal reasons, after being seduced by misleading reviews and media articles about the company.

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One article she was presented with claimed that several prominent Australian celebrities, including a notable TV host, had endorsed the brokerage on television - only for Mishel to later to discover that the entire article had been fabricated to fool her.

She was also given a fake London address for the business and directed to websites that featured phony, glowing reviews of the company along with false claims touting the credibility and security of the service.

'It was a scam story that wasn't real,' she said.

'I read the article... but it was a fake story and I didn't realise.'

The 51-year-old has been working as a porn star on OnlyFans for the last year, but her bank account was bled dry by the scammers, who claimed to run a successful financial brokerage

Mishel says that she started to get suspicious after a few months of not seeing any financial returns, which is when the company sent out a handsome financial broker named 'Charles' to woo her into staying - and paying.

'They must've known who I was, because all of a sudden they gave me a financial broker that became a love interest,' she confessed.

'He started wooing me with chocolates and flowers.'

The love rat even convinced Mishel that they were going to meet and that he'd fly her out to London so they could be together.

'It just turned into a romance and he was getting more and more money out of me,' she lamented.

The fraudster convinced Mishel to hand over her savings with false promises that she was investing in their 'future' together - only to run off with the star's money

To keep the 51-year-old on the line, the brokerage would fabricate online stocks to make it look like Mishel was earning thousands of dollars and doubling her investment, even though in reality they were simply stealing all of her money.

'They have all the shares and you can see them buying and selling, but it's not real,' she explained.

'He'd say, "Look Mishel, invest this much more because this is for us! This is for our future".

Mishel said that Charles would speak to her 'almost every day' via Whatsapp, leading her to believe that they were romantically involved and would one day be together.

Mishel and the fraudster, known as 'Charles', would chat daily on WhatsApp and he even sent her chocolates and flowers to keep her from growing suspicious

In screenshots of their conversations provided to Daily Mail, Charles flirts with the MAFS star by promising to buy her a pony and telling her that she's beautiful.

'I am very attracted to you and I want to get to know you more,' he wrote in one message. 'This year I am flying you over to London.'

Despite the fraudulent lover claiming that he was a suave businessman based in London, Mishel revealed that he had a suspicious South African accent but she was so enamoured with him that she pushed her concerns aside.

'Maybe I should've just known,' she sighed. '

I just really didn't know. He kind of had a bit of an English accent but with a twinge of South African.'

'I am very attracted to you': The fraudster woos Mishel with compliments in screenshots of their private conversations

At one point, 'Charles' promises to buy Mishel a pony - but it was all a lie to fool the lonely grandmother into handing over more cash

The former MAFS star finally realised that something was wrong when she had to make an emergency trip to hospital following a nasty bout of pancreatitis.

'I wanted to pull out $5,000 [for medical bills] and that's when the wheels came off,' she said.

At the time, Mishel had been fooled into believing that she had more than $180,000 in her account.

She was then tricked with another story from Charles, who told her that there was an investigation going on at the company and that he was unable to access her funds.

'Maybe I should've just known,' she sighed. 'I just really didn't know. He kind of had a bit of an English accent, but with a twinge of South African'

Once Mishel finally put her foot down and tried to leave the brokerage, she was told that she'd only get her money back if she coughed up another $12,000.

'The last call I got, they said I could get my money back if I paid an additional $12,000. I just thought, "Oh my god, they don't stop!"'

After Mishel realised something was wrong she wrote some negative reviews online to warn other potential victims, only to have the reviews mysteriously vanish from the site shortly after they were published.

'They kept getting taken down,' she explained.

'I was writing back to them saying, "Why are you taking my reviews down? This is a scam!"'

The fraud didn't stop there, with the scammers infiltrating Mishel's mobile phone and computer after she gave them access via the remote desktop applicationAnyDesk.

The 51-year-old didn't know that her computer had been infiltrated until one day she logged on and saw a website open with a basket full of purchases that she'd never made.

Mishel has since reported the fraud to 'everyone', including the ACCC (Australian Competition & Consumer Commission), the police, the ACSC (Australian Cyber Security Centre), and her bank, but has been told that she 'probably' won't get her money back.

Despite losing everything and having to build her bank account back up from scratch, the single mum confessed that one of the most heartbreaking parts of the entire experience was being misled by the man who wooed her.

'The stupidest thing is that I kinda missed the guy I was having a fake relationship with,' she said.

'I missed him calling me,' she continued. 'I have to keep telling myself, "This is not real, Mishel. He didn't have those feelings." I don't know...' she trailed off.

'I just don't want somebody else to go through this. It's heartbreaking.'

Mishel has been working full time as an OnlyFans model and porn actress ever since losing her job in policy training last year for refusing to comply with vaccine mandates.

Despite losing everything and having to build her bank account back up from scratch, the single mum admits that she still misses the man who scammed her

She's also been financially supporting her daughter Eva, 21, who she says suffered heart issues andmyocarditis after being vaccinated.

Pericarditis and myocarditis have been observed in an extremely small number of people after receiving mRNA vaccines, of which Pfizer is one.

Mishel, a mother of two and grandmother of one, is older than most of her contemporaries at 51, and is also known for performing hardcore acts other OnlyFans models aren't prepared to do.

In order to stay afloat financially, the star has done everything from lesbian threesomes and a 12-person orgy to selling her used underwear to fans.

Mishel says she's now 'worried' about her financial future and how she'll be able to continue helping out her two children, son Samuel and daughter Eva. All pictured

Now that her bank account has been bled dry, Mishel admitted that she's concerned about her financial future and the wellbeing of her family.

'I'm worried about money. I'm worried about my OnlyFans not doing so well eventually,' she said.

Mishel is hoping to turn her fortunes around soon and is set to appear at Sydney Sexpo from October 28-30.

Mishel is set to attend Sydney Sexpo in late October in the hopes of rebuilding her finances

FAQs

What does Mishel from mafs do for a living? ›

Age: 48. From: Brisbane, Qld. Occupation: Teacher

A mother of two grown kids aged 18 and 20, Mishel reckons she is often the one being parented by her offspring.

Who is Mishel Karen? ›

Mishel Karen has become better known for her adult entertainment career than she ever was as a Married At First Sight bride. Dubbed the 'OnlyFans gran' who dares to bare all in her racy video content, the 51-year-old was all too happy to strut her stuff at Sexpo in Sydney on Friday.

Are Mishel and Steve still friends? ›

Mishel quickly grew frustrated in her marriage to Steve due to his lack of affection. He admitted that this was because he wasn't attracted to his wife which left her upset. Nevertheless, they continued to stay in the process even though they were just friends.

Does Steve Noi stay married? ›

Steve & Noi Finalize Divorce

Despite trying to work things out privately, Steve and Noi ultimately decided to get a divorce. They each shared the news with Married at First Sight fans on July 9, 2022, through their respective Instagram accounts.

Where is Mishel Karen from? ›

Michelle Karen is French and Finnish. She was born in Helsinki as her father, a journalist, was translating horoscopes to supplement his family's income. Psychic and a medium as a child, it was when her father brought her Linda Goodman's Sun Signs that she realized that astrology was her vocation.

Are woody and Amani still together? ›

Amani Aliyya and Woody Randall

This season 11 couple, who realized after marrying that they had actually bumped into each other before saying "I do," are still going strong. They welcomed their first child, a baby boy, in June 2022.

Where is Steve Burley now? ›

An expat, Steve migrated from the UK to Australia 18 years ago and has a son in his 30s still living in England.

Why did Michael and Stacey break up? ›

Married At First Sight's Stacey Hampton and Michael Goonan finally split up during Sunday's season finale, after both being accused of cheating on each other. Stacey, 26, said they ended their romance after Tuesday's reunion dinner party as Michael, 28, doubted her denial over sleeping with co-star Mikey Pembroke.

Are KC and Drew still together? ›

KC and Drew joined this year's season of Married At First Sight as an intruder couple. They agreed to stay together during their final commitment ceremony, before breaking up just weeks later.

Is Lizzie from MAFS still with Seb? ›

Lizzie and Seb split

"We have mutually decided to end our relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend," she wrote. "We want to thank everyone for the endless support we have received on our platforms.

Did Noi and Steve divorce? ›

Noi and Steve ended up divorcing after their Married At First Sight journey and it's time to see what they are up to in their newly single lives.

Who got divorced on love is blind? ›

Love Is Blind's Danielle Ruhl is opening up about the aftermath of her split from husband Nick Thompson. The reality star, who met her husband on season 2 of the Netflix dating series, revealed that there wasn't a single catalyst which led to her filing for divorce in August.

Why did Noi and Steve divorce? ›

She revealed her dog is dying after cancer treatments stopped being effective. “During this time you knew I was vulnerable and my heart was breaking outside of this and this is when you said we should divorce.

Where is Mishel Karen from? ›

Michelle Karen is French and Finnish. She was born in Helsinki as her father, a journalist, was translating horoscopes to supplement his family's income. Psychic and a medium as a child, it was when her father brought her Linda Goodman's Sun Signs that she realized that astrology was her vocation.

Where is Steve Burley now? ›

An expat, Steve migrated from the UK to Australia 18 years ago and has a son in his 30s still living in England.

Which mafs stars have OnlyFans? ›

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Are Miles and Karen still together? ›

Initially, it seemed that Miles and Karen may not make it due to hesitation on Karen's side, but they are now one of the few MAFS couples still married from their season.

Are woody and Amani still together? ›

Amani Aliyya and Woody Randall

This season 11 couple, who realized after marrying that they had actually bumped into each other before saying "I do," are still going strong. They welcomed their first child, a baby boy, in June 2022.

Does Steve from Married at First Sight have money? ›

On 'Married at First Sight: Afterparty,' Steve says he has plenty of money in savings.

Are Katina and Olajuwon still together today? ›

Katina & Olajuwon - Still Together.

Are Ryan and Alyssa dating? ›

No. In the latest “Where Are They Now?” recap checking on all of the cast members from the Boston-set Season 14 of Married at First Sight, Alyssa and Ryan were filmed going on a date but it's unlikely there were many more after that.

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