Americans are an empathetic bunch as the recent GoFundMe campaign shows. But should they be more cautious?
A person posting as “R.b. “Razor” Sheldon on behalf of Amber Boyd” started a crowdfunding campaign to benefit the family of the challenged victim of the “Chicago torture video.”
With a $10,000 goal, the fund has raised over $139,000.
One potential donor, however, asks “Can you please provide any proof the family will receive these funds? Is the family involved in this campaign? As soon as I can verify, I will share it….” Another states that National Public Radio has verified it with the site. The NPR article states: “… a public relations representative for GoFundMe says the website will be working with the campaign organizer to ensure all money raised reaches the victim.” http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/05/508331652/4-people-in-custody-in-chicago-over-beating-live-streamed-on-facebook
However, GoFundMe’s terms of service say that: “we make no guarantee, explicit or implied, that any information provided through the Services by a user is accurate…” https://www.gofundme.com/terms/