Family of Collierville shooting victim warns of fake fundraising websites

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — The family of a woman killed during the mass shooting in Kroger is warning people about fake crowdfunding pages created by scammers to capitalize off their loss.

One of Olivia King’s sons said he’s furious because his mother’s funeral just happened over the weekend.

Wes King said his family never asked for money, but several scammers set up fake fundraising pages.

On Facebook, the family posted a warning about a GoFundMe fundraiser and another site called Plumfund.

The family said a person who set up the fundraiser on Plumfund used a family member’s name, but it’s a scam.

“We would recommend people give to people or organizations that you know, so while charities can be vetted it’s much more difficult to assess the trustworthiness of individuals who have posted a request for assistance,” said Daniel Irwin with the Better Business Bureau.

Irwin said donating to a fundraiser set up by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the Kroger Delta Division, and the National Compassion Fund for the Kroger shooting victims is a safer option.

Irwin said if you decide to donate to an individual fundraising page, you need to be careful.

“Look at the comments or donations. Are direct families, friends, or community members making donations and leaving supportive comments? That’s a real quick way to know whether something is legit or not, is to look who donated in comments that they left,” said Irwin.

Right now, the family has told law enforcement agencies about the fake fundraising sites.

They urge others to stop donating to fake pages. Otherwise, scammers will benefit from their loss.

When we checked the GoFundMe site and Plumfund account Wednesday evening, we found out it was taken down.

If you want to help the Kroger shooting victims, you can donate here instead.