How A Single Mother Became The Target Of Internet Hate After Meeting David Cameron
Sharon O'Donnell may regret inviting the Prime Minister into her new home.
On 2nd January Sharon O'Donnell welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron to her Southampton home.
Cameron was there to promote to the government's Help to Buy scheme, which helps underwrite mortgages on houses worth up to £600,000.
Sharon had taken advantage of this scheme and spent a morning talking to TV cameras and reporters about how it had helped her.
It was damning stuff and swiftly went viral on Twitter.
Even some MPs posted it and retweeted it.
Unfortunately, almost none of it is true.
It claims Sharon hid the fact that she is an estate agent.
But back in November Sharon was quoted in an official government press release about her profession.
Back then she said that "...being an estate agent, I appreciated the importance of getting on the housing ladder". She also referenced her job during interviews on the 2nd January.
Then she is attacked for using government assistance to buy a house.
The anonymous poster rams home the suggestion that she is wealthy by finding a picture of Sharon's new car on Twitter.
And the house was bought through her own estate agency.
Then the anonymous poster claims Sharon does not even own the house that she showed Cameron around.
Then Sharon is accused of pretending to be a single mother.
(He has since expressed his anger at this post.)
The anonymous forum post calls for greater media scrutiny of Sharon's case.
Which happened, as journalists responded to the Twitter anger by turning up at her house.
And now she finds herself in the public eye again.
But with thousands of RTs for the original unsourced piece, Sharon has now had to turn off her social media accounts due to the abuse she has received.
So if you meet ever David Cameron, be careful how you could be represented.
BuzzFeed attempted to contact Sharon and Ben for comment but we have not received a response.