A woman was sentenced to prison along with one of her co-conspirators after starting a GoFundMe scam that ended up raising $400,000 in what appeared to be a gesture repaying a homeless man's kindness.
It's rough to get scammed at the best of times, but it can be particularly life-ruining as inflation rises and our costs get higher. And the problem isn't just the risk of scammers taking a large amount of money from us, but also the increasingly sophisticated ways they can deflect our suspicion until it's too late.
But of course, the classic route to conning us out of our money is to abuse our good nature. And while we've found time and time again that platforms like GoFundMe are sadly necessary for people who end up with unexpected medical bills, that's only made them more attractive to those who aren't letting the truth get in the way of what they want.
And one case of GoFundMe fraud is so egregious that most of the parties involved are on their way to jail.