The legit page, called “Support Officer Wilson”, raised $197,620 and was set up by “Shield of Hope”, a St. Louis police charity. Shield of Hope has been certified by GoFundMe as a valid donation recipient.
But the other page? Not so much.
* Not certified by GoFundMe as a valid donation recipient.
* Not linked to a valid Facebook page, as GoFundMe’s own rules require.
* Email account for the recipient turns out to be a pseudonym.
* Two weeks ago, the recipient, one “StandUp”, claimed on the donation page that he would be working with Shield of Hope to become a valid recipient. Shield of Hope sez: nuh uh, never happened.
So far, GoFundMe has provided no explanation for the shutdowns of the two pages, but is standing by the legitimacy of both.
The possibly-scam page has raised $235,750.
This is the best story I’ve heard in weeks. Getting scammed couldn’t happen to a nicer group of despicable racists.