Gabby Petito’s father warned her fans about scammers in an email.
In an Instagram post on Sept. 7, Joseph Petito’s father showed pictures of text conversations with unknown people, including at least one person who seems to be trying to get money, including to a Cash App account.
“This is the account trying to scam people on #instagram and it this kind of stuff that’s make me sick,” Joseph wrote. “Something like this would never happen. Con artists are the worst!”
Joseph’s warning about scammers pretending to be the Petito family comes just a week after Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, who used to be Joseph’s wife and is now his ex-wife, tweeted about the same thing.
On September 1, she tweeted, “Twitter fam, just a heads up..someone is trying to scam money in my name,” “I will NEVER, EVER send a message to someone asking for money. People are terrible, so please share!”
She continued by saying, “So, if anyone gets a strange message, please let me know. Even if it’s Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, or somewhere else! Thank you a lot!”
Nichole also posted screenshots of the same text that Joseph had posted “…this…
This is a text thread someone shared
Nothing like this could happen!”
Gabby, who was 22 years old and engaged to Brian Laundrie, was found strangled in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming in September 2021. When he was a person of interest in the disappearance of the influencer, he ran away and eventually killed himself in Florida, where they lived. Authorities found a notepad next to the 23-year-body old’s that said he had “ended” to Gabby’s life.
Joseph wrote on Instagram to his daughter on August 27: “Exactly 1 year ago today you were taken from us,”
“Every day, we think about you. Every day, we cry. You have encouraged so many others to live, travel, and escape toxic relationships. Gabby, we adore you. #MissingPerson #DomesticViolence #TogetherWeCan #thelightremains #GabbyPetito”