'It's just really sickening' - scammers exploit the death of Aussie golfer Jarrod Lyle

Scammers have tried to take advantage of the death of Aussie golfer Jarrod Lyle, by setting up fake fundraising accounts.

The wife of the beloved golfer, Briony Lyle, warned followers about the scam via social media.

"Yet another Insta account has appeared to take advantage of Jarrod's death... I apologise for the nuisance," she wrote online.

Scammers have created fake accounts pretending to be Briony, asking people for donations.

"All we need now is your support, love and prayer. I can't imagine myself as a widow but here I am one already," one wrote.

May 23, 2015: Jarrod Lyle reacts to tight bunker shot on #9 during third round action of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Jarrod Lyle. Source: Photosport

A close friend of Jarrod, David Rogers, has slammed the creators of the fake accounts.

"It's just really sickening, so we were disgusted and we just wanted to make people aware of it," said Mr Rogers.

Although the fake fundraising accounts have since disappeared, friends of the golfer say it has caused more pain for Jarrod's family.

"Briony needs to have time to grieve and so this doesn't help, all it does is inflame the situation a little bit," said Mr Rogers.

Jarrod died of cancer at the age of 36 three weeks ago.

Earlier this month Lyle made the heart-breaking decision to go into palliative care after fighting a third battle with cancer.

A public memorial for Lyle will be held at Torquay next month.

Jarrod Lyle in hospital with his children. Source: Facebook/Jarrod Lyle.

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