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The sad story about a single mom with 11 children who was laid off before Christmas may have been invented for a GoFundMe come up.

Multiple social media users claim Jessica Sumlin is a real life "Joanne the Scammer" who is lying about giving birth to 11 children.

Joanne the Scammer is a fictional Internet character played by YouTube comedian Branden Miller.

Sumlin made headlines earlier this week when news reports claimed she was a single mom of 11 children who faced eviction.

But the Internet says Summerlin only has 2 children. The other 9 kids allegedly belong to her boyfriend who doesn't have a job and relies on her to take care of him and his brood.

Sumlin's story, first reported by Fox13Memphis, resulted in hundreds of Internet users opening their hearts, wallets and pocketbooks to donate over $10,000 to her GoFundMe page.

Sumlin apparently deleted a second GoFundMe page that she created back in June 2019 with a completely different struggle story.

She also deleted her social media pages including a Twitter.com page and a Facebook page.

A 5smiles.com page, where she sells shoes and household items for less than $50 each, is still active.

There were multiple clues to her apparent deception that were easy to find if Fox13Memphis bothered to do any research into her story.

For example, she is only shown with one child in media articles and on her GoFundMe page. Her GoFundMe page doesn't mention 11 children. Her GoFundMe summary says she lived with her mom, but in interviews she claimed she didn't have any "immediate family" to depend on for help.

She isn't technically a "single mother" if she lives with a boyfriend.

No wonder critics say journalism is dead in America.

Back in the day, a single mother with 6-12 kids lived the good life while collecting government checks for each child. Sadly, those gravy days are over.

A mother of 11 is facing eviction after she was laid off before Christmas. Jessica Sumlin, of Whitehaven, near Memphis, is struggling to find work to support her 11 children.

"If I had family to go to - like immediate family - I'd go and ask them, but I don't have any immediate family. It's just me and my kids," she told Fox13Memphis.com.

On her GoFundMe page, Sumlin said she and her kids lived with her mom until she got pregnant again.

"I had a newborn so we couldn't stay there, and during this time I got a storage... which, after renting for a month, they informed me that someone had broke in and stole all me and my children's things."

She said kindhearted friends helped her move into an empty house and she's asking for donations to fix up the home. The house she moved into has black mold and no heat.

According to Fox13Memphis.com, Sumlin was laid off after 12 years at Taco Bell because she was a high-risk pregnancy. She said she found a temporary job in November, but she was laid off again just days before Christmas. She tried applying for jobs to make ends meet.

Now she is close to eviction and her lights are due to be cut off for nonpayment.

"My rent man constantly calling and texting me saying that I'm past due in rent.

A GoFundMe page raised over $9,800 of a $2,000 goal.

Twitter users weighed in with their own opinions about her situation.

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