The TikTok 'doctor' who dished out medical advice to thousands has been revealed as a complete fraud wearing fake scrubs.
Dalya Karezi, 30, had pretended to be a medical professional and offered wild advice to her fans. The Australian national had given unqualified advice to thousands of people easily tricked on the social media app.
Her claims would be accompanied by her dressed up in scrubs with her name printed on it and a stethoscope around her neck. Karezi had claimed to hold a doctor's degree and even sent off fake letters with her name to patients.
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Between 2019 and 2021, Karezi managed to maintain a 243,000-strong TikTok following and a solid 20,000 followers on Instagram. She made it clear she specialised in women's health and even signed off her emails with a medical signature.
However, it turned out Karezi had not worked in medicine once in her life. The con-woman was working at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia the whole time.
She worked her clerical job and then pretended to be a doctor in her free time, with the "#doctor" tag listed on her TikToks in the hopes of making them more believable, The Sun reported. She has since pleaded guilty to impersonating a doctor at Downing Centre Court.
Theo Tsavdaridis, in convicting Karezi on October 11, said: "In my view these are fairly serious matters. The improprieties in holding herself out (as a doctor) were extensive, prolific and pervasive".
He added: "Some transcended the boundaries, (she) offered advice on ovarian cancer, Covid, for people's toddlers, for uterine fibroids, contraception, paracetamol overdose, wearing scrubs and seen with a stethoscope round her neck."
Her doctor ploy began around lockdown, with the phony gaining traction in Australia, Iraq and Iran. Defending, Erasmus Lovell-Jones claimed his client did hold two medical degrees, a Bachelor of Medical Science and Master of Reproductive Medicine.
Lovell-Jones added: "She was endeavouring to repackage already available health information. There was an element of self-promotion. Totally inappropriate, but she was in her mid-20s, and suddenly given attention on social media."
Despite impersonation cases carrying three-year prison sentences, the 30-year-old wannabe doctor was slapped with a community corrections order and £6,900 (£13,300AUD) fine.
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