Tuesday 28 January 2020

Scammers set up fake site to mimic Rotunda funding appeal

A fundraising page set up imitating a Rotunda Hospital appeal has been taken down. Stock photo
A fundraising page set up imitating a Rotunda Hospital appeal has been taken down. Stock photo

Mícheál Ó Scannáil and Gabija Gataveckaite

A fundraising page set up imitating a Rotunda Hospital appeal has been taken down.

A genuine fundraising drive for an ultrasound machine for premature babies in the maternity hospital was launched this month.

The campaign began on December 4 and has since amassed more than €60,000 in donations, almost at its target of €76,500.

Dr Afif El-Khuffash, who works at the Rotunda's intensive care unit and set up the fundraiser, said: "It's going really, really well."

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But a GoFundMe page impersonated the Rotunda, copying its genuine plea for funding for a new ultrasound machine. The page was removed before amassing any money, however, after Dr El-Khuffash reported it.

"The page was taken down immediately," the neonatologist said. "We reported it to GoFundMe and they handled it. Thankfully nothing was paid into it at all."

Dr El-Khuffash said the current machine is nearing the end of its life.

Irish Independent

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