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Man gets $350,000 after girlfriend creates fake email to turn down his scholarship

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This story might make you rethink sharing your passwords with anyone ever again.

A  former music student at McGill University in Canada was awarded $350,000 this week after his ex-girlfriend faked emails rejecting his scholarship offers.

According to the Montreal Gazette, it began in 2013 when Eric Abramovitz applied for a full two-year scholarship to complete his bachelor’s degree at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. If he were to be accepted, he would study under onf ot the world's best clarinet teachers-- Yehuda Gilad.

One month after submitting his application, the Montreal Gazette says Abramovitz was accepted. The only problem-- he never got the email. Jennifer Lee, Abramovitz's girlfriend at the time, intercepted it.

Worried that her then-boyfriend would move away, perhaps leaving her behind, Lee reportedly deleted the acceptance email. The Montreal Gazette reports that Lee responded to Colburn, pretending to be Abramovitz, and refused the offer because he would “be elsewhere.”

Lee reportedly took her plan a step further, creating a new email address, and sent Abramovitz saying he had not been accepted for the scholarship.

Abramovitz enrolled in a two-year certificate program at the University of Southern California, where he studied part-time under the prestigious clarinet teacher, Gilad, whom he had hoped to learn so much more from had he been able to attend Colburn.

In an interview with the National Post, Abramovitz said he learned of his ex-girlfriend's undoings when they broke up in 2014 for unrelated reasons.

It was at his second audition before Gilad, in which they had a brief and strange interaction. Abramovitz says Gilad asked him, “Why did you reject me?” Puzzled by the question, Abramovitz asked the same in return, as he thought he had been the one rejected by the program at Colburn.

 Eventually, Abramovitz forwarded the fake rejection email to Gilad, who replied: “I’ve never seen that in my life.”

“That’s when I knew that something underhanded was afoot,” Abramovitz told the National Post. One day in 2015, he and a friend decided to try and gain access to the fake email account. Because Abramovitz and his ex-girlfriend once shared a computer, he knew one of her passwords. He decided to give it a try-- and it worked.

“Miraculously, it logged right in,” he told the Montreal Gazette. Her email was listed as the recovery email for the account, and her phone number was the recovery number. “We felt like Sherlock Holmes.”

Abramovitz told the Gazette that this wasn't her only sabotage. She did similar thing involving fake emails with his successful application to the Juilliard School in New York.

After Abramovitz learned the truth, he sued for $300,000 in general damages, including for loss of reputation, loss of educational opportunity and loss of two years of income potential.

On Wednesday, Ontario Superior Court judge David L. Corbett ruled in his favour, and added $50,000 “against Ms. Lee for her despicable interference in Mr. Abramovitz’s career.”

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