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Old 12-23-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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Well, fraud is against the law, isn't it? If you say you're sending donations to the family but you're keeping it for yourself, hey, that's fraud.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:32 PM
 
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when i was living in dublin papers use to post a deceased persons address and people would go there to rob it when they heard the person died and some who new the relatives would rob them during the wake an funeral
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:02 PM
 
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Tragic. And criminal. Only a true sociopath would think that scamming folks for money this way is a plan to make money.

These people have no conscience.
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:39 AM
 
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It's called' perpetrating a fraud', decieving under false pretenses and it's illegal. It happens all the time during disasters, crisises, and especially during the holiday times by fake charities.
Most of these people are working off shore usually in 3rd world countries and that's the snag where they can't be prosecuted.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Dublin, CA
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But its not theft because the people giving the money are doing it on their own, they are volunteering money.

If you find out more info, keep us posted, i'd like to know myself if what they're doing is illegal in some way, or, its just immoral and not really illegal.
Every state has its own laws. However, in California it would be theft under false pretenses. Yes, they are voluntarily giving away their own money. However, the reason for it false. They believed they were giving money to a charity, when some scumbag is sitting on the beach in Aruba working on his tan. So yes, it is a crime here. There are also federal laws against this type of activity. I'm not sure of the circumstances, however if money was wired via Western Union, the internet in anyway, federal laws would kick in. Whether or not the FBI would get involved is a different story though.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Consumer Fraud Center Urges Caution in Responding to Solicitations for Sandy Hook and Hurricane Sandy Support Funds - Investors.com

report scams to Consumer fraud agency.

Yes there are laws against fraud. People doing this are particularly sick, like after 9 11.

If a consumer finds they did indeed receive a scam or fake solicitation, they are urged to report it immediately to appropriate law enforcement agencies such as the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov), a partnership between the FBI and National White Collar Crime Center, and the Consumer Fraud Center's complaint system (www.consumerfraudcenter.com).

Read More At IBD: Consumer Fraud Center Urges Caution in Responding to Solicitations for Sandy Hook and Hurricane Sandy Support Funds - Investors.com
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:47 PM
 
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They can also report consumer fraud to their Office of Attorney General and/or DOJ [in their respective state].
Worse than disgusting.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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They can also report consumer fraud to their Office of Attorney General and/or DOJ [in their respective state].
Worse than disgusting.

Or they can stand them up in public and tell everyone exactly what they did. That's the lousiest thing you can do to people like that. Cockroaches hate being exposed to the light of day.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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Someone they didn't know was soliciting donations in Noah's memory, claiming that they'd send any cards, packages and money collected to his parents and siblings. An official-looking website had been set up, with Noah's name as the address, even including petitions on gun control.

Connecticut School Shooting: Amid Newtown tragedy, scam artists creep in, report says - Crimesider - CBS News
There seems to be no depth to which some people will descend. What lowlifes.
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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In one case I am happy to see the FBI has obtained the text messages and can use them as evidence. They plan on giving some real jail time to this one woman. We need to crack down on internet scammers.
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