Tuesday 20 February 2018

Fundraising page for Westminster terror victim taken over by company amid fraud concerns

Spanish teacher Aysha Frade, who was the first named victim of the spree. Photos: AP
Spanish teacher Aysha Frade, who was the first named victim of the spree. Photos: AP
Police outside the Palace of Westminster, London. Inset: Aysha Frade (43) died of her injuries

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A crowd-funding page set up in the name of one of the victims of the Westminster terror attack has been taken over by the company in an unprecedented move after fraud concerns were raised.

A page set up with the stated aim of raising £20,000 (€23,000) for the family of Aysha Frade, a Spanish teacher who was killed while on the school has been taken over by JustGiving.

At the time of writing 94pc of the target had been reached.

A verified by JustGiving tag was added to the page after concerns were raised that the person who set it up had the same name as a woman previously convicted for fraud the BBC reports.

Kurt Cochran, Keith Palmer and Aysha Frade - The victims of the London terror attack
Kurt Cochran, Keith Palmer and Aysha Frade - The victims of the London terror attack

In a message on the fundraising page the company has said:

"We've been carefully monitoring all of the pages that have been created to help those affected by Wednesday's attack. We are ensuring that all of your kind donations are being used as intended.

"Because concerns were raised about this page, we are now managing it ourselves and reaching out to the family."

A similar tag was added to a fundraising page set up with the aim of raising £250,000 (aprox. €288,000) for the family of PC Keith Palmer, the police officer who was killed by attacker Khalid Masood.

While it is verified now by JustGiving there is no suggestion of any concerns being raised about that page which has already exceeded its target and raised £703,059 (€811,209) at the time of writing.

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