The humiliating moment a man found he had been tricked into travelling 400 miles to meet a ’woman’ he fell in love with online is fast becoming an online hit today.
Stuart Slann, 39, drove from his Sheffield home to Aberdeen last month to meet ’Emma’, a girl he met on Facebook, only to find the woman of his dreams had been created by two rival football fans he encountered on holiday.
Now a phone call the married Manchester United fan received from two Liverpool supporters, revealing the elaborate hoax, has already attracted almost 50,000 hits on YouTube.
The video begins with the words: ’This is Stuart Slann. Stuart drove 500 miles to meet Emma, a girl he fell in love with on Facebook.’
It then plays the phone conversation, in which the men asked Mr Slann: “Do you recognise our voices, Stuart?
“It’s them Scouse lads who threw you in the pool. Do you recognise our Scouse accents?”
He replied: “Yes I do.”
He was told: “You’ve been framed” by the men, who then burst into laughter.
Mr Slann, whose wife reportedly left him after discovering his actions, told the Sheffield Star he was on the road for nine hours on the night he tried to visit Emma.
“When I got to this remote farm she sent me a text to say she was still in work,” he said.
“That’s what made it worse, not only had I driven for nine hours, but I had to wait for about another three and a half hours for her to finish work.
“Then when I got the call to say it was all a hoax I just felt awful.”
Mr Slann and the unnamed Liverpool fans are believed to have met on holiday in Cancun, Mexico, in November, and argued over their chosen football teams.
After returning from the trip, the men set up a fake Facebook account featuring a Scottish woman called Emma, and exchanged emails and text messages with their target before inviting him to Aberdeen.