A heartbroken mum was horrified when she saw a photo of her tragic dead baby being used on a stranger's fundraising website.
Stunned China Langdon believes the picture of her cradling her stillborn boy Lucas was stolen for an online scam.
The 21-year-old, who has another child, is now warning other parents to be careful what they post on social media .
China uploaded the image of her holding her dead son, Lucas Graeme Gresswell, following a miscarriage in May.
China, of Torquay, Devon, then found it on a Go Fund Me page posted by someone she now believes was pretending to have lost a child.
The fundraising page - bearing the image - asked for donations from the public to "help lay an angel to rest".
She said she was shocked someone would stoop so low and reported the matter to the police.
But she claims she was told they were unable to act because the image is "basically public property".
The Go Fund Me page, however, was promptly taken down after China complained - but not until someone had been conned into donating £5 of a £1,000 target.
She said: "I was browsing on Facebook and saw someone had shared this page, asking for money because someone had had a miscarriage.
"I clicked it and that's when I noticed it was a picture of me and my son. I was totally shocked.
"They had taken the image from my Facebook page, cropped my face out of it and tried to use it to make money. I can't believe someone would ever do this."
She added: "It's a horrible thing for someone to do but they must want attention. What other possible reason would you steal a picture like this?"
She said the ordeal of having her image allegedly stolen had served as a warning to limit what she posts and restrict what people she is not friends with can see.
She urged other parents to consider adopting a similar approach when sharing images of their children
"It's definitely made me realise that this can happen," she continued.
"We need to be careful of other people because you don't know what they might do with your details or pictures.
"I have since changed my profile settings to stop people I don't know from having access to my pictures. It's been a big wake-up call."
Devon and Cornwall Police have been approached for comment.