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Herriman family warning public of possible fake GoFundMe account

Herriman family warning public of possible fake GoFundMe account (Photo courtesy: Skankey family)

(KUTV) -- Right now the Herriman family, healing at the University of Utah Hospital, is receiving a large amount of support from their friends and neighbors around Utah after a deadly crash.

Residents in the Herriman community have found an alleged fake GoFundMe page raising money for the family involved in the crash. It has been posted as a warning to people on a local community group Facebook page called “Herriman Happenings”.

“They used the same picture we used so that makes it look very similar, so it could be misleading and mistaken for ours,” neighbor of the Skankey family, Shauna Purser said. “We didn't endorse this account and the family doesn't know the person who did so we don't want people donating to that account because we're not positive that it's going to go to them.”

Lt. Brian Lohrke with Unified Police Department told 2News on Wednesday that the parents and 2-year-olds conditions have been changed after drastic improvements over the past few days. The name of their 5-month-old daughter who was killed in the crash was also released.

“The deceased infant, her name is Alice Skankey and she is from Herriman, Utah along with her family,” Lohrke said.

“Physically their wounds are healing quite well, there's a lot of scratches, bruises, and cuts and a few breaks. But emotionally they've got a long road ahead of them,” Purser said.

Friends have created a legit GoFundMe page for the Skankey family which has already racked up over 20,000 dollars and that amount continues to climb.

“With the approval of the family we set up a GoFundMe account, it's by Megan Fisher, that's the one the family has endorsed, that they approved of. We're getting a great response from it. People want to help and they don't always don't know what to do, this is a good way to help,” Purser said.

If you’re interested in donating to the Skankey family, this link below is the approved, correct link to use: https://www.gofundme.com

A GoFundMe spokesperson gave 2News this statement in regards to the fake account created:

It’s not uncommon for someone to create a GoFundMe to help another individual after a news report. In this case, the campaign your story references has been closed and we guarantee the funds raised will be directed to the Skankey family. Additionally, It’s helpful to know how a donation ends up getting to a beneficiary (the person or group a campaign is intended to benefit). Funds are collected by our payment processors, held, and then released only to the person named as the beneficiary. If a campaign organizer has a direct, personal connection to the beneficiary, then in some instances the campaign organizer may withdraw the funds to provide directly to the beneficiary. If any questions arise, our team will hold the funds unless the beneficiary is verified to our satisfaction. This layer of protection ensures that funds go only into the right hands. It’s also important to remember that our platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors are fully protected and will get refunded. And if a campaign organizer does not deliver funds to the intended recipient, GoFundMe will donate the undelivered amount to the right person.

Additional information can be found here: www.gofundme.com/safety

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