Orlando Shooting: Fake Charities Are Scamming Donors

Orlando Shooting: Fake Charities Are Scamming Donors
Downtown Orlando night shoot Greg Morgan / Flickr CC

Fake charities are using people’s sympathy for th victims of the Orlando shooting incident over the weekend to scam people.


According to Us Weekly, the Better Business Bureau issued a statement on Monday to warn people about this scenario and the things they have to consider in order to save themselves from becoming a victim.

Scammers depend on heightened emotion and often follow closely behind tragic events,” Better Business Bureau president and CEO for Central Florida Holly Salmons said.

Meanwhile, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance H. Art Taylor said in the press release following the Orlando shooting that “We are already hearing about click-bait schemes and questionable solicitations, and we expect there will be numerous scams and frauds.”

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“We urge those generous donors to give wisely so their gifts can do the most good,” Taylor added.

In the wake of this revelation, BBB pointed out, though, that not all charities are fake since there are also some which have been truly helping the Orlando shooting victims.

The statement cited that the Equality Florida’s GoFundMe account, for example, has already raised $3.6 million, a figure considered to be “record-breaking.”

In the meantime, The Guardian reported that the FBI has committed to the LGBT community that they are going to investigate if the sexuality of the suspected gunman behind the Orlando terror attack, Omar Mateen, had something to do with his motive.

It was learned that on Monday, a conference call among FBI representatives and those from the departments of justice and homeland security with 358 “civil-rights-minded” leaders, particularly from the LGBT and American Muslim groups, was done in a bid to gather relevant information and “hear concerns from communities reeling from one of the worst incidents of gun violence in recent US history.”

It was further noted that with the call to dig deeper into the motive of the Orlando shooting, the FBI “indicated they would follow up” on the reports saying that the suspect frequented Pulse nightclub prior to the attack.

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