Over the past few months, Americans have received updates about what has now been branded as the GoFundMe scam.
An Overview of the GoFundMe Scam
New Jersey couple Katelyn McClure and Mark D’Amico teamed up with Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless veteran in order to defraud various individuals out of $400,000. In order to do this, McClure and D’Amico stated that McClure came across Bobbitt on a Philadephia interstate after she ran out of gas. The story goes that Bobbitt gave McClure his last $20. Later, McClure and D’Amico launched the GoFundMe campaign with the promise to help Bobbitt get off the streets and rebuild his life.
Of course, the story was too good to be true. The scam began to fall apart when Bobbitt sued McClure and D’Amico for supposedly not providing him with the money which was donated.
Involvement of Authorities
When authories became involved at the behest of Bobbitt’s lawsuit, they were able to rapidly detect foul play. At this time, McClure, D’Amico, and Bobbitt are each facing second-degree charges of conspiracy to commit theft by deception and second-degree theft by deception.
Bobby Whithorne, a spokesperson for GoFundMe, has also released the following public statement in light of the truth regarding the scam:
“All donors who contributed to this GoFundMe campaign have been fully refunded. GoFundMe always fully protects donors, which is why we have a comprehensive refund policy in place.”
Whithorne also noted that cases like McClure, D’Amico, and Bobbitt’s are extremely rare on the GoFundMe platform:
“It’s important to understand that misuse is very rare on our platform. Campaigns with misuse make up less than one tenth of one percent of all campaigns. We have a zero tolerance policy for fraudulent behavior. If fraud occurs, donors get refunded and we work with law enforcement officials to recover the money.”
At this time, new developments regarding Kate McClure, Mark D’Amico, and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. are still in the works.
Gabrielle Seunagal is a full-time writer. Some of her favorite subjects to write about include politics, cybersecurity, and current events. When Gabrielle is not advancing her writing career, she is reading, traveling, or studying martial arts.