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Police thwart scam in crash's aftermath


A GoFundMe crowd-funding account purportedly created to honor crash victim Maddi Higgins was determined to be a fraud, according to West Linn police.

The account, created to raise money for flowers at Higgins’ memorial service, was found to be a scam after Higgins’ family became suspicious and contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. The CCSO worked in conjunction with West Linn police and GoFundMe representatives to terminate the account and refund donations.

According to West Linn Police Detective Mike Francis, the creator of the GoFundMe account was from Washington and found to have no connection with the Higgins family. GoFundMe worked in short order to refund all donations.In the aftermath of the scam, police urged residents to be vigilent about their donations and visit stopfraud.gov for more information. Francis, for his part, also noted that other crowd-funding efforts have been very successful.

“Crowd funding sites are not the evil part of the equation,” Francis said. “There’s a small percentage of people who use these tragic events to profit from them.”

By Patrick Malee
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