It has just come to my attention that once again someone has taken photos of my children and used it as their own. I feel sick.
Even more concerning, they are raising funds for one of their children who supposedly has cancer and apparently the mother died yesterday.
The facebook page for the little boy with cancer already has 6500 likes. 6500 likes! That is a LOT of people who were duped. The mother supposedly died yesterday and already $1200 has been donated within a few hours (before I was alerted to the scam).
I have to go out now so there isn't much I can do right now, but I have taken copies of everything. What I want to do ASAP is stop people donating money to what is quite possibly a sham. Sickening.
The children 'Lily' and 'Jade' are Adam and Kate. The photos are of them when they were about three years old.
Both the husband and the deceased wife have photos of my children on their FB profiles, including a photo of Adam when he was in hospital. That actually pissed me off the most.
Why do people do this? Why do they think they can get away with this? This is the internet for heaven's sake!!! People read what you write. Jeez.
What should I do?
**Updated: The scammers have obviously woken up this morning to discover they have been caught out, the pages are slowly being taken down. The so-called 'husband' has also removed all photos from his FB profile. Bust! For a full expose, read here: http://warriorelihoax.wordpress.com/**
**Updated again: The team from the fund-raising page has taken the page offline, thank goodness. Thanks to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for responding immediately and taking the page offline while they investigate**
I am obviously not wildly excited that he/she stole photos of my kids but what really, REALLY upsets me is that they played on the feelings of several thousand people by pretending to have a child with cancer. That to me is totally unacceptable. They should be prosecuted.
The fund-raising page: http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/83133
The father's blog: http://crazycanuckj.xanga.com/
The father's FB profile: https://www.facebook.com/crazycanuckj
The mother's FB profile: https://www.facebook.com/dana.dev
The FB profile of the boy with cancer: https://www.facebook.com/warrioreli
Photobucket page: http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b140/crazycanuckj/#!cpZZ17QQtppZZ36
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