Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Scams & Waste Loom as Charity Millions Donated after Orlando

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Scams & Waste Loom as Charity Millions Donated after Orlando

Article excerpt

The more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando have exposed weaknesses inherent in these popular do-it-yourself charity campaigns: waste, questionable intentions and little oversight.

The fundraisers an average of more than four for each of the 49 killed and 53 wounded include travelers asking for cash, a practitioner of ancient healing, a personal safety instructor who sells quick loaders for assault rifles, and even convicted identity impostors.

"There was a deluge," said Holly Salmons, president of the Better Business Bureau for Central Florida. "It was almost impossible for us or anyone else to be able to vet."

The crowdfunding sites often operate beyond the reach of government regulation. Appeals can be created in minutes by almost anyone and shared around the world. …

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