Sandy Hook Scammers Are Victimizing the Victims' Families All Over Again

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donationsIn the days and hours since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, many of us have been asking ourselves: "How can I help?" Sadly, there are people counting on it. Sick, depraved people who have created donation scams in the names of kids like little Noah Pozner, the 6-year-old laid to rest on Monday in Newtown, Connecticut.

It's a black mark on society that there are those among us who would look to benefit off of a tragedy. But even more unsettling than the thought of someone taking advantage of our good hearts is this: what does this do to the families of the victims?

These people are already suffering. And in the midst of their grief, they have been forced to set aside the important matters like planning funerals and holding their loved ones close to fight to get these scammers off the web.

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Noah Pozner's family had to take time to call the FBI to report one fraud site. Then they had to buy up all the domain names related to their son, in a move to head off any other scammers.

Is this what these people should really have to be doing right now? I think you know the answer to that. These scammers are essentially re-victimizing the victims.

It isn't just the scams associated with the names of the kids. The criminal element trying to cash in has become such a problem that the Better Business Bureau has come out with warnings there are other scammers out there making vague promises to help the victims with little information about where the money will actually go. They've got a list of 10 tips to follow before you donate, from checking to see whether the charity is registered to ensuring the charity is respectful of the families.

Because the families of the lives lost are all we really need to care about right now. It's sad that there are some who don't think like that.

Want to help? Here are some verified options for helping the Newtown families, including the charity set up by the families of the surviving kids, a Noah Pozner charity approved by his family, and a charity approved by the Newtown Board of Education.

What do you make of the scammers cashing in on the Newtown tragedy? Is it something you expected?


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twili... twilightsbella

There r people in this world who r heartless. But remember god watches all of us in time these people who r doing this will have there day. God will punish them for having such a cold heart and doing wrong things. Im praying for these families :( such a sad thing that happened.

Desti... DestinyHLewis

No I didn't expect it, but I guess I should have. This world is on a fast track to hell. Makes me sick. I hope they prosecute these dirtbags to the fullest extent of the law. Dispicable. 

Doomy234 Doomy234

Yeah I expected it. Everytime there is a tragedy or disaster, there are bad people trying to make a buck off it. They did it for Haiti, the earthquake in Japan, etc. Whenever people are vulnerable, somebody will take advantage of it.

cmjaz cmjaz

I expected it too.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Why are we surprised? It starts at the very top, with the attitude of "never let a crisis go to waste." Our government is doing exactly the same thing, using these families' tragedy as a reason to push through a political agenda (and I'm looking at ALL sides) rather than allowing it to open an intelligent dialogue about the issues.

There are cockroaches and bloodsuckers everywhere. It is up to the good among us to stand in front of those victims and borrow a line from the movies: "You shall not pass". It's time for us to wake up and start THINKING about things, not just follow along like sheep and do things because they 'feel good'. RESEARCH before you take a stand on anything, from where to send your money to whether you want guns banned.

Austin Keenan

Civilized society depends on human beings judging each other and caring what others think.   The anonymity of the internet has removed that element so if Marshall Dillion isn't around,   it's the wild wild west.     

pupuk... pupukeawahine

There is a special place in hell for "people" (dare we call them humans?) who do things like this.

ArtKaren Mindiola

DISGUSTING PARASITES WITH NO CONSCIENCE!!! THERE IS A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR THESE MORONS. What goes around comes around. God Bless the families. It is unspeakable what has happened. I still cry daily over these precious little children. They are in a better place with our creator. God Bless all the families....know our thoughts will remain with you all.

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