Officials are urging those hoping to contribute to funds set up for Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting victims to exercise caution and do basic research before donating money.
There have been a number of special funds set up in the names of the victims of Friday’s shooting, and the growing number means there may be the potential for scams, according to the Marysville Police Department. Opportunistic individuals may “prey on the sympathies of those who want to contribute financially to funds set up for victims and their families,” the police department said.
The department has not identified any suspicious funds, but is reminding the public to be cautious. Pages set up on online crowdfunding sites are not verified, so there is no way to know whether the donated money will go toward a fund’s intended source.
“We are not making a judgment on the validity of any of the funds that have been established in the names of victims,” police spokesman Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux said. “We’re simply reminding donors to be very cautious and to do some basic research, before contributing to them. We want to be very certain the generosity of our community members is not taken advantage of, and just as importantly, we want their donations to make it to the victims and their families.”
The Marysville Rotary Club and Heritage Bank have set up a fund to aid the shooting victims, the police department said. A committee of representatives from the Marysville School District, city of Marysville and Marysville Rotary Foundation will be established to disperse funds.
Heritage Bank is located at 1031 State Ave., in Marysville. Donations may be sent in care of the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation at P.O. Box 1875, Marysville, WA., 98270. More information is available by calling 360-657-3100.