Hillsborough families hit by con

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FAMILIES and survivors of the Hillsborough disaster were targeted by sick internet imposters who wove a cruel web of lies to hoodwink people affected by the 1989 tragedy.

Merseyside Police pledged to probe the alleged scam, which involved a false promise of £250,000 for a Hillsborough charity.

The online ruse involved a supposed Facebook user named ‘Sean O’Connor’ who befriended the sister of a man who died at Hillsborough Stadium 22 years ago.

Facebook ‘friends’ were drawn into Sean’s plausible stories, even after a series of bizarre twists involving the sudden death of ‘Sean’ and his supposed brother ‘Max’.

The Facebook users’ profiles have since been deleted. They are thought to have been professional ‘trollers’ - people who hide behind the anonymity of the internet to intrude into others’ grief.

Liverpool MP Steve Rotheram has called on Facebook to review its security procedures to prevent ‘trollers’ from flourishing.

A Facebook spokeswoman warned users: “Be careful who you add as a friend, just like you would do in real life. Trolling and impersonation existed before Facebook came along.”