GoFundMe has announced that it formed a verified fundraising hub for the tragic mass shooting which took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24.
19 children and two teachers are among the casualties of the recent incident.
GoFundMe Fundraising Hub for Texas Mass Shooting
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GoFundMe said that it launched a fundraising hub for the affected individuals by the recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Recently, a mass shooting happened at Robb Elementary School, where a lot of casualties were elementary pupils. Indeed, this incident is only one of many cases that happened in the United States over the past years.
For this part, GoFundMe has set up a campaign to help the families of the mass shooting victims in Texas. Aside from the rampant cases of shooting across the country, there’s another thing to worry about when it comes to launching a fundraising hub — a potential scam.
According to a report by Mashable, some fundraising scams often trick people into thinking that the operations are legitimate and performed by verified users.
Behind these scams, people take the opportunity to deceive the donors by posting false campaigns about an incident.
Once a person donates a portion of his/her money to the hub, the scammers will just steal the money with no intention of giving it back to the families of the victims.
For instance, the recent Robb Elementary School shooting could be the newest target of the scammers who set up fake fundraising campaigns.
To solve this problem, GoFundMe decided to form a team that will monitor the fundraising hub for the affected families and other people.
“GoFundMe has a dedicated Trust & Safety team reviewing fundraisers related to this tragedy,” the platform said in a press release.
Where to Donate For the Texas Mass Shooting
If you want to donate to the families of the Texas mass shooting, you can go to this link to get started. Once you’re on the page, you can see that there are a lot of verified fundraisers who took part in this campaign.
VictimsFirst, a dedicated organization for mass casualty crimes, has spearheaded its launch. Moreover, Los Verdes Supporter Group, which is based in Austin, Texas, has also set up a separate fundraising hub related to the Robb Elementary School tragedy.
In case the money wrongfully goes to the scammers, GoFundMe guarantees the fundraisers a full refund for it for up to a year. It’s important always to verify the groups behind a campaign so we can assure that the money will appropriately go to the affected individuals.
GoFundMe Scammers on Buffalo Shooting
Aside from the Texas shooting this week, another incident of this horrific event took place more than a week ago. GoFundMe has also established a fund for the hero security guard killed at the Tops Friendly Markets by an 18-year-old suspect.
Aaron Salter III, the son of the killed security guard, has set up a $40,000 donation drive on GoFundMe. However, scammers attempted to get the money by running a phishing tactic.
Salter III said that he clicked a message which he believed had gotten his personal information. He discovered it later when it was sent to an unknown recipient in Mississippi, per Daily Mail.
Later, he managed to retrieve the account and the funds back to his family. At the time, the funding has reached $45,000 in total.
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Written by Joseph Henry
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