Friday 15 December 2017

Conman preys on parents of school massacre victim

The family of Noah Pozner, a six-year-old who was killed in the Connecticut school massacre, have become the victims of a callous con artist.

Someone they didn't know has been soliciting donations in Noah's memory, claiming that they'd send any cards, packages and money collected to his parents and siblings.

An official-looking website had been set up, with Noah's name as the address -- it even included petitions on gun control.

Noah's uncle, Alexis Haller, called on police to seek out "these despicable people".

"These scammers," he said, "are stealing from the families of victims of this horrible tragedy".

Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, which evaluates the performance of charities, described the the ploy as "abominable".

"It's just the lowest kind of thievery."

Noah Pozner's relatives found out about the scam when a friend received an email asking for money for the family.


It gave details about Noah, his funeral and his family. It directed people to send donations to an address the Pozners had never heard of.

It listed a New York City phone number to text with questions about how to donate.

When a reporter texted that number, a reply came advising the donation go to the United Way.

Victoria Haller, Noah's aunt, emailed the person who had originally registered the name. The person wrote back that he'd meant "to somehow honour Noah and help promote a safer gun culture. I had no ill intentions I assure you".


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