ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — "This makes my blood boil:" They're tough words coming from Attorney General Ashley Moody following a GoFundMe scam out of South Florida.

A Florida man created a GoFundMe page claiming he was raising $2,000 to buy masks for first responders.

Turns out he was selling those masks for $12 each. That is price gouging.

Moody had the post removed but, unfortunately, every time a crisis like this happens, there will be problems with gouging and scams.

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And, our neighbors still need help from the right place. So, what can you do to make sure your donation ends up in the right hands?

Here are some tips:

  • Research the webpage creator’s background and reviews before donating. It’s safest if you know who you are donating too.
  • Check to see if the platform offers protections to donors if a campaign is fake.
  • Determine what percentage of funds raised will go to the charity and what percentage goes to the platform.
  • Search to see if there are any identical or extremely similar campaigns. It is possible scammers copied a legitimate campaign to fraudulently attract donors.

Remember if you see something suspicious, document it by taking a picture or screenshot and then report it to the Attorney General’s office.

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