Mummy blogger Constance Hall has revealed the hidden truth behind her recent ‘sexy’ holiday photo after taking time out to recharge in ‘the most beautiful place in the world’.
The 38-year-old had travelled to Katherine after taking time out of a Darwin business trip when she was bitten by an angry centipede during an impromptu photoshoot.
The mother-of-seven was poised on the edge of the hot springs ‘like a typical Instagram fool’ when she was bitten.
Mummy blogger Constance Hall has revealed the hidden pain behind her recent ‘sexy’ holiday photo
The mum-of-seven was bitten by a centipede during her impromptu photo shoot
She went to the Katherine hot springs, south of Darwin, during a recent business trip to the Northern Territory
‘The banks of the hot springs and some funny little centipede brought me back down to earth,’ she wrote alongside the picture which she shared with fans on Facebook.
‘My itchy, swollen foot is still keeping me up at night,’ she added.
But the centipede wasn’t the only thing to knock Constance out of her ‘Insta model delusion’ during the brief waterfront photoshoot.
‘The onlookers that I assumed were thinking ‘dam that’s a fine looking Queen’ who instead lovingly said ‘you are very brave’ as I walked past them,’ she said.
She also opened up about her endless attempts to quit vaping after trying and failing 30 times this year.
‘I am on day six of no vapes, which I have found harder to give up then smoking,’ she said.
‘I would have quit 30 times this year but not made it past one day so I’m feeling strong,’ she added.
Constance revealed she plans to give up vaping and is on ‘day six’ of her mission
The mum 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 vape and so I found myself hiding from them for just one more sugary nicotine filled puff and that was a sh*t feeling,’ she said.
It is illegal to well vapes, also known as e-cigarettes, in Western Australia where Constance lives however it isn’t illegal to use them.
The strict no-sale laws in the western state date back to 2014 when a seller was convicted of selling a device as it ‘resembles tobacco products’.
The Western Australian Supreme Court’s decision highlights that products that resemble tobacco products, regardless of whether they contain nicotine or not, cannot be sold in WA by tobacco or general retailers and it is an offence under the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 to sell these products.
Queensland’s laws on vaping are the most strict of all of Australia’s states and territories as it is also illegal to use the devices there.
Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Association have also adjusted their rules about importing vapes, as state legislators continue to tighten their laws.
‘Nicotine products can only be prescribed by a registered medical practitioner (or other authorised prescriber) and may only be dispensed by a registered pharmacy,’ the TGA ruled.
This comes after the mum claimed to have fallen victim to an elaborate real estate scam that saw her lose all her hard-earned savings
‘An e-cigarette device designed and intended for delivery of nicotine may be supplied by a registered pharmacy, for use with prescribed nicotine products, as part of a medically supervised smoking cessation program.’
Constance was in Darwin shooting product shots for her new range – after dreaming of visiting the Northern Territory ‘forever’.
The work trip comes weeks after Constance claimed to have lost all her life savings after falling victim to a cruel real estate scam.
She said she had unknowingly sent thousands of dollars to ‘hackers’ after she was approved for a rental property.
Constance posted a lengthy ‘online cry’ about the cruel scam to Facebook last month and said it was officially ‘the worst school holidays ever’.
The mummy blogger explained she was looking to move out of her mother’s home and had been applying for rentals with a six-month lease.
Constance posted a lengthy ‘online cry’ about the cruel scam to Facebook and said it was officially ‘the worst school holidays ever’
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After applying for numerous homes and getting no bites the business owner decided to look at the properties that had been listed for the longest.
‘And there it was, a beautiful house with a pool and garden and four furnished bedrooms only available for four months, perfect,’ Constance wrote.
‘I’d never usually never spend that kind of money on rent, but I felt like we all just 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 home, later submitting an online application.
The next afternoon, the single mother received an email that said she had been approved and to transfer the funds for the bond as well as four weeks’ rent.
‘It was a lot of money. I was clearing out my savings account and part of last week’s wage, that’s a big hit for the school holidays, but I thought 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 remittance straight away and told them as soon as possible would be great and announced it to the kids who were so excited.’
She said the fraud made the holiday period ‘the worst ever’ and was devastated for her kids
The mother-of-seven (pictured) explained she was looking to move out of her mother’s home and had been applying for rentals with a six month lease
However, the following morning Constance received a call from the agent who said the agency had been hacked.
‘The last two emails that I had received on the same email thread weren’t actually from them, it was hackers,’ she told her followers.
‘The bank account details weren’t really theirs, and the house was never approved.’
The Perth mother said she had felt ‘stupid’ and kicked herself for letting it happen.
‘But I am a businesswoman, I pay large sums internationally often, I’m scam savvy and don’t pay anything that hasn’t come from a known contact with with a credible email history, so no, I’m not stupid,’ she said.
She said this could have happened to ‘literally anyone desperate to get a rental’.
Constance said she was told by both her bank and the real estate agency that there was little they could do to recover her life savings.
Her bank said that due to the nature of the scam and because it had been an authorised transaction, the chances of getting her money back were slim.
However Constance’s dreams were dashed when she received a call from the agent who said the agency had been hacked
‘The police told me that I had to make an online cyber report but warned that they would be unlikely to recover the funds,’ the mother wrote.
‘The real estate maintained that there was nothing they could do but assured me that their emails were now secure again.’
Of her savings, her bank’s fraud department was able to recover just $7.57 – forcing her to return to square one.
Constance said the scam had ruined her kids time off school because ‘mum’s broke’ but said she was more fortunate than most and was trying to be grateful.
‘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 represented how well I have done despite all the odds,’ she wrote.
She urged others looking for a rental property or putting down a deposit for the house to call the real estate agency before transferring any funds.
‘Even if you have already been communicating on the exact same email thread, it can’t hurt to call them and make sure it’s still them,’ she finished the post.
Of her savings, her bank’s fraud department was able to recover just $7.57 – forcing the mother-of-seven to return to square one
The mummy blogger received an outpouring of support in the comments on the post which has been liked by over 17,000 people.
She thanked her followers for starting a GoFundMe but said the kind gestures would ‘go further on yourselves or to people in need’.
Some said the real estate agency was partly responsible with one woman suggesting her personal information hadn’t been secured sufficiently.
‘That’s shocking since you had already been in liaison with the agent and the timeline of the hack had been perfect to your circumstance,’ another wrote.
‘It seems like the real estate should have insurance for something like this?!’
Scamwatch revealed Australians have lost $295million through scams already in 2022, with 105,153 reports filed.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM PHISHING SCAMS:
Do not click on any links or open attachments from emails claiming to be from your bank or another trusted organisation and asking you to update or verify your details – just press delete.
Do an internet search using the names or exact wording of the email or message to check for any references to a scam – many scams can be identified this way.
Look for the secure symbol. Secure websites can be identified by the use of ‘https:’ rather than ‘http:’ at the start of the internet address, or a closed padlock or unbroken key icon at the bottom corner of your browser window.
Legitimate websites that ask you to enter confidential information are generally encrypted to protect your details.
Never provide your personal, credit card or online account details if you receive a call claiming to be from your bank or any other organisation.
Instead, ask for their name and contact number and make an independent check with the organisation in question before calling back.
Source: ACCC Scamwatch
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