THE FAMILY of Leaving Certificate student Jessica Moore have warned that there is a fake GoGetFunding page being circulated in her name.
The 19-year old student passed away this week after suddenly taking ill at her school’s Debs celebrations on 12 August.
She was due to receive her exam results the next day.
The family are now dealing with the “inexpressible grief” of the teenager’s passing, but in a traumatic twist have been forced to pause their mourning to inform people of a “horrible” scam making the rounds on Facebook.
Jessica’s brother Cian took to Facebook yesterday, 15 August, to warn people of a fake GoGetFunding page set up by a duplicated Facebook account of their father’s. 'GoGetFunding' works on a similar basis to popular fundraising site 'GoFundMe'.
The NUI Galway student said:
“Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that some horrible people out there have set up a fake fund-raising page in Jessica’s name. They are using a Facebook account that has copied my fathers. Please please spread the word that this is absolutely not us.
DO NOT DONATE TO THIS FRAUD. We hope that this message reaches as many people as possible before another penny is taken from honest and caring friends of Jessica.”
Jessica’s Requiem Mass is taking place today at 1pm in Bullaun, Galway, where the tragic 19 year old will be put to rest.
Our most sincere condolences to all of her family and friends.
(Disclaimer: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the fake account was set up on GoFundMe. It was in fact a GoGetFunding account which was falsely claiming to be by the family of Jessica Moore.)