As the Sutherland Springs community begins the healing process, there has been an outpouring of donations and support. But, unfortunately, there are scammers trying to take advantage of the tragedy.
Do a quick search of “church shooting” on GoFundMe.com and you’ll find dozens of accounts set up for victims, relatives, and the church, itself. But not all of them are legitimate.
The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that they’ve identified one fake account that was set up using the church’s logo and information, but the wrong church website.
Investigators are looking into who was behind the creation of that account.
So how can you spot a fraud?
Some reports suggest steering clear of campaigns with minimal information. You can also contact that campaign creator directly or research them on social media if you want to do additional research before making a donation.
Your other best bet is donating directly to a bank. The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs has set up an account at Wells Fargo.
You can also donate to the PayPal account on the church’s website or mail a check directly to the church.
All of the information is available here, where we’ve verified GoFundMe accounts for church shooting victims and their families.