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The Chauncy’s Chance Campaign Has Officially Gotten Creepy

Ed. note: Hi Google! Check out this follow-up: So, About That ‘Creepy’ Chauncy’s Chance Campaign if you arrived by way of search engine.

We previously discussed the mega viral Chauncy’s Chance campaign but have to be honest with you: it’s really starting to creep us out.

Feel good news stories say the campaign’s owner Matt White is an ‘angel’ who did a selfless thing for a family in need. On the surface, it would appear that his intentions were good. And we want to make it clear that we aren’t accusing him of fraud. However, there are some giant red flags with this entire situation we simply cannot ignore.

Matt has appeared to make it his duty to serve as press rep and spokesperson for Chauncy’s family. He frequently speaks about ‘we’ and ‘us’ when talking about the blessings ‘they’ are receiving due to this fundraiser. First red flag.

Matt quickly purchased multiple domain names shortly after the fundraiser went viral and continues to refer to it as a movement, one in which he obviously plays a large role. You’ll note the family is rarely if ever interviewed without Matt hovering close by. Second red flag.

Statements Matt has made to the media are starting to contradict themselves. As the family has been driven out of their home ‘for their safety,’ it seems as though Matt has decided he should accompany them on the run. Third — and massive — red flag.

Check out this WMC report:

White said Barbara told him to set up the fund a specific way.

“I want you to set this up so neither me nor Chauncy have access to this money,” she told White.

White said it is being put in a managed fund that will go toward a house and Chauncy’s education. And, they both said they are grateful.

Matt White said he and the family have found a safe place. He said the money will not be available for them for about a month, so Kroger has donated food and he is using his credit card for expenses.

As we know it per Matt, he bought the family $70 in groceries when he first met Chauncy 2 weeks ago. And now we’re being told Kroger has donated food. So, we should assume they’re set for a bit. But then, in another interview, Matt describes their new life in hiding, and says they are getting by thanks to the kindness of strangers. They?? Did he not have his own apartment and food when he met this young man?

Then we have this report from WREG:

Home is now wherever 15-year-old Chauncy Black and Matt White can find it.

“Right now I just have to keep them on the move because everybody recognizes me and Chauncy wherever we go,” White said.

We caught up with them and Chauncy’s grandmother and brother after they spent the night with friends who opened their home in East Memphis.

“We are just living off the graces of other people right now for food and for places to stay,” White said.

So wait, now the ‘good Samaritan’ is on the run with the family, needing handouts from anyone who will help him them? How can anyone watch the interview above and not feel completely creeped out?

Now check out this video Matt posted to his ‘Chauncy’s Chance’ YouTube channel. Notice they are sharing a chair and Matt has his arm oppressively swung around Chauncy’s shoulder. Is this appropriate behavior for a grown man and a child he didn’t even know 3 weeks ago?

On that note, there’s also this photo Matt posted to his Facebook page the other day. Yeah, because taking pictures of people when they’re sleeping isn’t creepy at all.

Chauncy sleeping

In one of 20 updates to the GoFundMe campaign, Matt speaks of how “God keeps providing for us” and that “[E]ach day we are being provided for.” Again, we have to ask: who is we?? Without knowing any better, based on the way he speaks and the fact that he has basically moved in with this family, we’re wondering if Matt had anything of his own before meeting Chauncy?

At this point, it’s clear Matt is driven by ego. He can claim it’s the work of God all he wants, but this is straight up creepy. He needs to butt out, go back to his apartment (if he has one), assign an independent trustee to manage the $336k+ raised to date, and leave them the hell alone. All Chauncy wanted on that fateful day was some donuts, and now he’s being trotted out to the media and dragged on this ‘journey’ which Matt claims is a gift from God.

It’s unlikely Matt is going anywhere. He has added “Chief Executive Officer at Chauncy’s Chance” to his jobs on Facebook. Clearly, he believes this is his job now. And it is beyond weird.

Matt White job

If the family is in ‘hiding,’ why is Matt constantly giving interviews? Does it have anything to do with the fact that he continues to raise the campaign’s goal amount? Is $336,000 really not enough??

Mark our words: things will get crazier once the money is released. He stated in an earlier interview excerpted above that it will be about a month before ‘they’ see any money. We can’t help but wonder if Chauncy and his family are simply going along with Matt’s intrusive insertion into their lives because they haven’t seen any money yet.

Stop eating it up, people. Stop encouraging this invasion of privacy and calling it generosity. Stop feeding this man’s ego and telling him what an angel he is. Perhaps he meant well at the beginning but this has gotten absolutely out of hand and I hope for Chauncy’s sake he is able to get out from under the grip of this ego-driven creep who made this story all about him.

We’re saying what others are afraid to say because we are concerned about this young man. And our creep-o-meter is rarely wrong.

We will, of course, be keeping a close eye on this one. If you’ve come across any posts or videos you find odd, get in touch.

 

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18 Comments

  1. Not sure who you are but I am really glad you will be following Chauncy and Matt. I totally agree the trustee should have been a person or a lawyer who has no investment in this fund raiser. Yes it is creepy and I hope to God that this does not make Matt rich.

  2. Angelo Serignese

    I challenge you to contact Chauncey’s current employer Rob Hamilton. He may be able to help you kill that bug up your ass. He experienced. You can find him here.
    https://www.facebook.com/MemphisLawnCareSpecialists/videos/1618490265127763/

  3. Kathleen

    I don’t think it’s a bug. All of this IS strange. And creepy. Matt is not a money manager and with that kind of money, Chauncy needs one.

  4. Kelly Martens

    This is creepy. Someone needs to intervene.

  5. Gino

    I have been saying this since the beginning. Has anyone looked into the companies he has? I get that don’t make a dime. So many good people donatesd for this. I hate that money to be wasted. It should be used for multiple people. I think it was a setup scam. I don’t even believe how they met

  6. lily

    At the very least Matt White has some alarming behavior . He has had a birthday on / around December 16 , 17 ,18 2015 going by posts on his Facebook and again on July 6, 7, 8 2016 going by multiple posts made to his Facebook again . This might appear harmless but if he can’t be truthful about his date of birth , going as far as to seek attention by having multiple birthdays a year , he is going to have trouble with larger tasks .
    Also alarming is his claim to be a cancer remission coach as he has an essential oil / holistic health product business that is based on getting people to buy large amounts of expensive product . As a cancer survivor I will be up front about the damage done by people hawking holistic medicine as a cancer cure , it is wrong morally and does not work . A cancer remission coach trying to help you prepare for what to expect or deal with when diagnosed with cancer is one thing . One trying to target innocent patients with products that are placebos or unproven treatment and in order to profit is dangerous and dishonest . Beware of this man . He is using this story for attention and money .

  7. Vanessa

    ummm… So, I just found your site today, and have been blowing through the articles (which in turn are blowing my mind). I decided to check out Matt White’s fb page, and noticed that SIERRA PEREZ has posted on his wall, seeking his assistance (on July 20). Link: https://www.facebook.com/matt.white.77964201/posts/10102163472755440

    Thank you for doing what you do…

    • gofraudme

      Yup, that’s where the reader who first sent it to me found it! She had a lot of nerve posting that there… I’m always skeptical of people who seem to spam their campaigns like that.

  8. lina

    I believe they are scammers and they will be caught. What goes around comes around. Creepiest story ever. All about gaining Money and more Money and fame

  9. Simon Fresquez

    Whoever wrote this is an asshole. There are some creepy elements, but I don’t believe for a second that any fraud has occurred. I think Matt being so visible has a lot to do with how articulate he is in comparison to Chauncy and his mother. … The donations to the page have dramatically slowed down. I’m sure that it has something to do with haters like you. In any case, over two months have passed since this was posted, and there’s really no evidence that a scam has occurred.

    • A) you should check out the follow-up, it’s linked right at the top of the post.

      B) I never said it was a a scam, I said it was creepy. And you agreed with me. So why am I an asshole?

      C) the update includes proof that the money was transferred to the trust, and Matt and I are on great terms, I’m bringing him on my podcast shortly.

      Who is the asshole now?

  10. Simon Fresquez

    You still are. I’m glad, though, that he will be appearing on the podcast. … The earlier post was written too hastily, and with a mean spirit. … I understand why some people would find things to be creepy. That’s what I was really getting at. I have followed the campaign closely. It’s just clear that there’s a strong closeness between Matt and the others. It appears as creepiness because you’re not in their shoes. … Matt shouldn’t have to explain himself to you and to any other doubting jerks who are out there.

    • Matt shouldn’t have to explain himself to you and to any other doubting jerks who are out there.

      I disagree. Matt put himself in the public eye with the campaign. Being skeptical and pointing out weird things doesn’t make someone a jerk, it makes that person smart. As it turns out, there was nothing nefarious about Matt and he does indeed have a generous, loving spirit. But that isn’t the case for countless others who take advantage of the kindness of strangers because people like you call people like me assholes and jerks for questioning campaigns.

  11. redhotmama777

    Agreed!!! Creep factor HUGE. Chauncy’s family has issues, big time – there was a REASON this poor kid was out begging! Every one associated with him has been coming out of woodwork trying to get a piece, like the “robbery” of their furniture (um, right). Weirdo Matt obviously cannot manage money, or lives, or charity or anything else! This “kid” Chauncy needs help, for sure, to get AWAY from this creepo Matt. It is not diff to disappear. It is not difficult to find anonymity. What Chauncy needs is to be as far away from both his own family and Matt as possible!

  12. Prettyfeet

    Great post! Yes, dude is a creep. You can tell by the mullet.

  13. Alice Dzimiera

    Any recent updates on Chauncey? I can’t find anything beyond September. I just find it curious

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