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After six months, a man discovers that the 'father' in his family WhatsApp group is actually a random stranger.

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After sharing the story about how a complete stranger was added to his family WhatsApp group as 'dad' by accident - and never corrected it in six months - a man has left the internet in stitches.

"In which I'd say 'Dad, you're in the WhatsApp group, YOU'RE READING THE MESSAGES!" and he'd say 'Am I?' and I just put it down to him being old," Twitter user @Jonnohopkins clarified.

He realized he had added 'Peter' (his father's name) to the community instead of the individual saved in his contacts as 'dad' when he formed it.

But he didn't connect the dots, and he claims it might have gone on "for literally years" if his sister hadn't asked if he could add their father to the party, and it "dawned on me that it wasn't my dad's number."

It turned out that the man he'd been addressing as his father for the past six months was actually a plumber named Peter who came to his flat in December 2013 to repair his washing machine.

"I think the moment for fake dad Peter to pipe up and tell us we'd got the wrong Peter had passed, so he just embraced his position as our new dad had passed," he wrote.

He clarified that he never suspected his 'dad's silence because "he's never been a chat room boy" in response to questions about the viral tweet.

Sadly, it all came to an end for Peter, the plumber, who was thrown out of the party in a panic after six months of loyalty when the error was discovered.

"But now I feel bad for fake dad Peter and hope he enjoyed reading my mum's messages about how she felt Coldplay's album was named 'A Cold Hard Blow To The Head,'" his once-adopted son added.

"Somewhere in the Twittersphere, there is a thread from a plumber named Peter talking about a family chat he is part of but too uncomfortable to let them know he is a fake dad," one responded.

"I think I'd have to add dad and then politely keep fake dad too," a second responded, "because it would seem disrespectful to out him after he's faithfully kept up with anything family-related for so long!"