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An alleged school shooting scam artist has been arrested for trying to profit off the Sandy Hook massacre via a Facebook page.
Nouel Alba, 37, of New York City, is accused of posing as a relative of school shooting victim Noah Pozner so that she could collect money from well-wishers, reports CNN.
Alba allegedly used her Facebook account to solicit money from those wanting to donate to the victim's family. Alba apparently claimed that the money she received was to be used for a "funeral fund." Unwitting donors then transmitted money via PayPal to Alba, investigators say.
In the wake of tragedies like the Connecticut school shootings, you may want to help out and contribute what you can. But as we too often see, many con artists take advantage of these tragedies to line their own pockets. We've seen this following hurricanes, floods, and mass shootings.
If you want to help out, you should be aware of some signs of a potential scam:
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