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FOP warns against fundraising scams for fallen officers

FOP warns against fundraising scams for fallen officers


HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN DONATED TO HELP SUPPORT THE FAMILIES OF OFFICER MORELLI AND OFFICER JOERING. BUT – THERE ARE SCAMMERS OUT THERE PRETENDING TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE CAUSE. MARK: NBC4’S COURTNEY YUEN JOINS US LIVE FROM THE WESTERVILLE POLICE STATION WITH HOW YOU CAN MAKE SURE YOU’RE GIVING TO THE RIGHT ORGANIZATION, COURTNEY? COURTNEY: AS YOU CAN SEE HERE… THE PEOPLE OF WESTERVILLE, CENTRAL OHIO AND BEYOND ARE VERY GENEROUS… SPENDING THEIR TIME AND MONEY HONORING THESE TWO OFFICERS. THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE SAYS THEY ARE WORKING WITH GOFUNDME TO MAKE SURE SCAMMERS DON’T GET ANY MONEY THAT DOESN’T BELONG TO THEM. JAMIE RUTAN, WESTERVILLE RESIDENT: “GOD BLESS THEM AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE AND MAY THEY REST IN PEACE.” THE PEOPLE OF WESTERVILLE ARE GIVING BACK TO HONOR OFFICER MORELLI AND OFFICER JOERING IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE… JAMIE RUTAN BROUGHT A WHITE ROSE FOR EACH OFFICER… JAMIE RUTAN, WESTERVILLE RESIDENT: “I HOPE THE WORLD COMES TOGETHER A LITTLE BIT MORE FOR UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES LIKE THIS.” BUT SCAMMERS ARE PREYING ON THE COMMUNITY’S GRIEF AND GENEROSITY. MATT DOLE, FOP LODGE #9: “UNFORTUNATELY THAT HAS BEEN FOLLOWED UP WITH SOME FRAUDULENT GOFUNDME ACCOUNTS THAT ARE ATTEMPTING TO RAISE MONEY FOR THEMSELVES IN THE NAME OF THOSE FAMILIES.” COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT FOR THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE LODGE 9 MATT DOLE SAYS THEY’RE WORKING WITH THE CROWD FUNDING SITE TO MAKE SURE DONATIONS ARE GOING TO THE RIGHT PLACE. MATT DOLE, FOP LODGE #9: “GOFUNDME’S COMMITTED TO SHUTTING DOWN FRAUDULENT SITES. THEY’RE COMMITTED TO IDENTIFYING THOSE FRAUDULENT SITES AND THEN MAKING SURE THAT THE MONEY GIVEN FOR THE PURPOSES OF GOING TO THE WESTERVILLE FAMILIES EVENTUALLY GET INTO OUR ACCOUNT OR A SEPARATE ACCOUNT THROUGH GOFUNDME THAT WILL MAKE IT TO THE FAMILIES.” ALREADY THE FOP’S GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN HAS RAISED OVER 400- THOUSAND DOLLARS, CLOSE TO REACHING THEIR HALF A MILLION DOLLAR GOAL. HERE AT NBC4 WE RAISED $130,000 FROM OUR CALL-4 EVENT. DOLE SAYS TO CHECK THE U-R-L OF THE GOFUNDME SITE… IT SHOULD SAY FOP-LODGE9-HELP-FUND. IF YOU’RE NOT SURE, YOU CAN ALWAYS CALL TO THE FOP TO MAKE SURE. MATT DOLE, FOP LODGE #9: “PEOPLE CAN EXPECT TO SEE SITES THAT LOOK LEGITIMATE. UNFORTUNATELY ANYBODY CAN GO ON FUNDME IN 30 SECONDS AND CREATE A CAMPAIGN AND SAY IT’S OFFICIAL.” MATT DOLE, FOP LODGE #9: SO PEOPLE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL AND CHECK INTO IT.” COURTNEY: THE FOP SAYS THEY’RE BEYOND GRATEFUL FOR THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT THEY’VE BEEN RECEIVING THROUGH THEIR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN. THE MONEY WILL BE USED FOR FUNERAL EXPENSES, UNPAID MEDICAL BILLS AND AN EDUCATIONAL FUND FOR ONE OF THE OFFICER’S YOUNG DAUGHTERS. LOCAL FOR YOU IN WESTERVILLE, COURTNEY YUEN, NBC4.

  • It's Important to remember; you can support your local Station in your home town as well . So if you have doubt start there. Or call F.O.P.

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