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August 29, 2016

Report Finds Questionable GoFundMe Campaigns After Orlando Shooting

An analysis of 30 GoFundMe campaigns established after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando found that most lacked key details about who was raising money or what the funds would be used for, says the Associated Press.

Those 30 campaigns collectively raised $265,000 within a month of the June 12 shootings, with only half sounding like they were for legitimate purposes, such as funerals or medical costs.

One man raised $1,145 for nightclub security wands but didn't say which clubs would benefit and made a vague reference to lobbying politicians to require such measures.

More than 430 people posted appeals on GoFundMe after the shooting. "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."

Crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe often operate outside of government regulation, making them difficult to monitor. A spokesman for the website said staffers were vetting the campaigns before releasing funds and said only a small fraction of past appeals were involved in outright fraud.