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.
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 was also seduced and wooed by one of the scammers, who claimed to be a suave businessman from London
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 application AnyDesk.
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.
Some of Mishel’s porn scenes include extreme acts, including a 12-person bisexual orgy
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 and myocarditis 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