Mama blogger Constance Hall has revealed the hidden truth behind her recent ‘sexy’ vacation photo after taking the time to recharge in ‘the most beautiful place in the world’.
The 38-year-old had traveled to Katherine after taking time out from a business trip in Darwin when she was bitten by an angry centipede during an impromptu photo shoot.
The mother of seven stood ready at the edge of the hot springs “like a typical Instagram fool” when she was bitten.
Mommy blogger Constance Hall has revealed the hidden pain behind her recent ‘sexy’ vacation photo
Mother of seven was bitten by a centipede during her impromptu photo shoot
She went to Katherine’s hot springs, south of Darwin, on a recent business trip to the Northern Territory
“The shores of the hot springs and a funny little centipede brought me back to earth,” she captioned the photo she shared with fans on Facebook.
“My itchy, swollen foot still keeps me up at night,” she added.
But the centipede wasn’t the only thing Constance pulled out of her “Insta modeling frenzy” during the short waterfront photo shoot.
“The onlookers I assumed were thinking ‘dam, that’s a beautiful queen,’ but instead lovingly said ‘you’re very brave’ as I walked past them,” she said.
She also talked about her endless attempts to quit vaping after trying and failing 30 times this year.
“I’m on day six without vapes, which I found harder to quit than smoking,” she said.
“I would have stopped 30 times this year but I haven’t gotten past one day so I feel strong,” she added.
Constance revealed she plans to quit vaping and is on ‘day six’ of her mission
The mom said she found it easy to find excuses to keep vaping before finally deciding to quit for good.
“At the end of the day, I didn’t want my kids to see me vaping and so I found myself hiding from them for another sugary, nicotine-filled craving and that was a bummer,” she said.
Constance was in Darwin taking product photos for her new series – after dreaming of visiting the Northern Territory ‘forever’.
The business trip comes weeks after Constance claimed to have lost all her savings after falling victim to a vicious real estate scam.
She said she unknowingly sent thousands of dollars to “hackers” after getting approved for a rental home.
Constance posted a lengthy “online cry” about the vicious scam on Facebook last month, saying it was officially “the worst school holiday ever.”
The mummy blogger explained that she wanted to leave her mother’s house and had applied for a six-month lease.
This comes after the mother claimed she was the victim of an elaborate real estate scam that caused her to lose all her hard-earned savings
Constance posted a lengthy ‘online cry’ about the cruel scam on Facebook, saying it was officially ‘the worst school holiday ever’
After applying for numerous homes and not getting any bites, the entrepreneur decided to look at the properties that had been on the list the longest.
“And there it was, a beautiful house with a pool and garden and four furnished bedrooms available for only four months, perfect,” wrote Constance.
“Normally I would never spend that much on rent, but I felt like we all needed a break, and I could afford it. It just meant I couldn’t save while I was there.’
She contacted a real estate agency in Nedlands, Perth, and was taken for a tour of the house, later submitting an online application.
The next afternoon, the single mother received an email stating that she had been approved and that she had to transfer the money for the security deposit and four weeks’ rent.
‘It was a lot of money. I was clearing my savings account and some of last week’s pay, which is a big hit for the school holidays, but I was thinking about how excited the kids will be when I tell them, it will be like a holiday in itself, ‘ she wrote .
“So I paid it, sent the transfer right away and told them asap it would be great and announced it to the kids who were so excited.”
She said the fraud made the holiday season ‘the worst ever’ and was devastating for her children
The mother-of-seven (pictured) explained that she wanted to move out of her mother’s house and had applied for housing benefit with a six-month lease
However, the next morning, Constance got a call from the agent saying that the desk had been hacked.
“The last two emails I received in the same email thread weren’t really theirs, they were hackers,” she told her followers.
“The bank account details weren’t really theirs and the house was never approved.”
Perth’s mother said she felt “stupid” and kicked herself for letting it happen.
“But I’m a businesswoman, I often pay large amounts internationally, I’m handy with scams and don’t pay anything that doesn’t come from a known contact with a credible email history, so no, I’m not stupid,” she said.
She said this could have happened to “literally anyone desperate for a rental home.”
Constance said both her bank and the brokerage firm had told her there was little they could do to get her savings back.
Her bank said that due to the nature of the scam and because it was an authorized transaction, the chances of getting her money back were slim.
However, Constance’s dreams were shattered when she got a call from the cop saying the desk had been hacked
“Police told me to make an online cyber declaration but warned that they probably wouldn’t get the money back,” the mother wrote.
“The broker claimed they couldn’t do anything but assured me their emails were safe again.”
From her savings, her bank’s fraud department was only able to recover $7.57, forcing her to return to the beginning.
Constance said the scam had ruined her kids’ free time because “mother is bankrupt,” but said she was luckier than most and tried to be thankful.
“But saving has never been easy for me, and I was so proud of that money and felt like I was finally doing something that showed how well I’ve done despite all the setbacks,” she wrote.
She urged others who are looking to rent a home or make a down payment on the house to call the real estate agency before transferring money.
“Even if you’ve already communicated in the exact same email thread, it wouldn’t hurt to call them and make sure they still are,” she concluded the post.
From her savings, her bank’s fraud department was only able to recover $7.57 — forcing the mother of seven to return to square one.
The mummy blogger received a lot of support in the reactions to the post, which was liked by more than 17,000 people.
She thanked her followers for starting a GoFundMe, but said the gestures of kindness would “go further for yourself or those in need.”
Some said the real estate agency was partially responsible for a woman who suggested that her personal information was not sufficiently secured.
“That’s shocking since you had already been in contact with the agent and the timeline of the hack was perfectly tailored to your circumstances,” wrote another.
‘Looks like the property should be insured for something like that?!’
Scamwatch revealed that Australians have lost $295 million to scams as early as 2022, with 105,153 reports filed.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST PHISHING SCAMS:
Do not click on links or open attachments from emails claiming to be from your bank or other trusted organization and asking you to update or verify your information – just press delete.
Search the web using the names or exact wording of the email or message to check for references to scams – many scams can be identified this way.
Look for the secure symbol. Secure websites can be identified by using “https:” instead of “http:” at the beginning of the Internet address, or a closed padlock or unbroken key icon in the lower corner of your browser window.
Legitimate websites that ask you to enter confidential information are generally encrypted to protect your data.
Never provide your personal, credit card or online account information if you receive a call claiming to be from your bank or other organization.
Instead, ask for their name and contact number and check independently with the organization in question before calling back.
Source: ACCC Scamwatch