Woman Poses as Sandy Hook Victim's Aunt to Scam Money for 'Funeral' Expenses

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It takes a special kind of low person to take advantage of people's sadness after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, but unfortunately tragedy always brings out the scammers. They came out on 9/11. They came out during Hurricane Sandy. And they're coming out after Sandy Hook. The sad truth is that some people are just so disturbed and desperate for attention and/or money, they will make up stories and scam people who have big hearts and want to help. This is human nature at its worst, folks.

A woman named Nouel Alba has been arrested after allegedly posing as an aunt of one of the little Sandy Hook victims, Noah Pozner, and trying to get money out of people on Facebook.

Alba, who lives in the Bronx, set up a Facebook account under the name Victorian Glam Fairys just hours after the massacre, and announced that her nephew, Noah, had been killed. She claimed she had given photos to the cops to help identify his body and met with President Obama.

Minutes later, she began the appeal for cash. "We’ve set up a funeral fund for my brother and families," she posted, giving out PayPal and bank account information.

Apparently some people then reached out to "Victorian" and set up their own funds for the families. Some of them began contacting her regularly, and she would text them tales about Obama's speech, and seeing her nephew "in a casket."

Anderson Cooper, in a segment on Sandy Hook scams, contacted her. This is when she claimed she refunded donations to the people who'd given her money. When the FBI contacted her, she tried to claim someone had "hacked into" her Facebook account. She was eventually arrested.

I know when tragedies happen, a lot of people want to help. Scamsters take advantage of this very thing. Do not EVER donate money to an individual you don't know whom you hear about on Facebook or a website. (There was also a fake NoahPozner website soliciting donations.) I don't care if your friend's aunt's cousin says it's legitimate. If you want to help, give donations to well-established organizations like the Red Cross or AmeriCares or call a local church in the town where the tragedy happened and ask what is the best way to help.

Do NOT give to the mother/sister/friend of someone who is involved in a tragedy, unless you TRULY know this person, in REAL life. Otherwise, but there's just no guarantee the money will get there or even if that person is for real.

Do you do your research before donating?

 

Image via Mike Traboe/Flickr

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nonmember avatar Sirena

This is sick and twisted. For all those considering donating to these funds, most of the individual ones are bs. With the Newtown thing, I saw on the NFL network with my husband that the owner of the NE Patriots donated 25k to each family to pay for memorials and services. So that's been taken care of by them. Not to say that they don't need or deserve money for other things, because I'm sure they do, but there are scholarship funds being set up in the names of the victims, for siblings, funds to pay bills for the families while they're grieving, etc, all by reputable charities. There's really no reason to do a PayPal thing through facebook.

nonmember avatar sarah

how low can you get?

sofia... sofia0587

What a sick twisted shit bag! I hope they garnish everything from her even the shirt on her back and put it towards the families!

looki... looking4mychild

I always wonder what kind of person can take advantage of others because of someone's grief. She is sick and twisted. If you're that desperate, find someone who can help you, a charitable organization or a social worker. Just unbelievable...

2nino... 2ninos4me

oh wow ! what a piece of crap that woman is . o hope she rots in hell !


im so glad she got caught . and this is another reason as to why when i donate money or items i do so carefully and only whom " i really think may need it "

spark... sparky1006

I think this is very sick and stupid on her part.Did she think she was going to get away with it?


You are right alot of people take someone else's sadness to be a disaster waiting to happen.I never donate online

Sumth... SumthingSublime

A friend does the research for me lol! I donate to red cross and heifer international.

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