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Crowdfunding Fraud

By Scam Awareness | August 31, 2015

When tragedy strikes, many relief organizations go into full fundraising mode in order to help out the victims of a disaster. Now, with the advent of "crowdfunding" sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe, it has become even easier for the victims of bad circumstances to solicit help from kind strangers on the internet. However, sometimes these crowdfunding schemes can prey on the good intentions of donors, and go towards the wallets of shady scammers.

The number one tip for avoiding a scam when donating money via a crowdfunding site? Know the person who is getting your money. A sad story online can often drive strangers to empty their pocketbooks, but make sure that there is a real person-in-need behind that story.

This scam can also come in the form of a fake "art" project, like an independent movie or music project. Remember: be vigilant, and know where your money is going.

Read more about these types of scams here: bit.ly/1hxnytf

Stay safe!

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