What Is Wrong with People? Case Study Number No. 4,453,751


It’s another story that just leaves me thinking, “what is wrong with people?”

There was a very sad incident at a Wilmington, DE high school last week in which a young woman, Amy Joyner-Francis, was assaulted in the girl’s restroom, and ended up hitting her head off the sink and dying as a result of her injury.

It is by all accounts a tragedy, and the school and the city are in mourning. The mayor was in tears during his first press conference about the incident.

But now, to add insult to injury, there are some people trying to profit off of the tragedy.

In a statement issued via Wilmington Police, Amy’s brother sought to warn of the “many sick people out in the world who want to gain money and social fame off my family’s loss.”

Apparently people have set up unauthorized fundraisers and GoFundMe pages, as well as fake social media accounts.

Amy’s brother also noted in the statement that, “They are fake pages and accounts spreading hateful lies, so please do not lose your money or entertain the lies of these cruel people.”

The family should not have to deal with such issues during these difficult times.

What kind of people do this? Do they not have an ounce of empathy or sympathy for Amy and her family? Can they only think of themselves, and how they could benefit from such a situation?

Unfortunately, this is not the first time something like this has happened.

  • The Better Business Bureau tells the story of a fundraising campaign that was created for victims of Ebola, but the campaigns were shut down when it was discovered that the appeals weren’t authorized by the victims’ families.
  • The BBB also shares the story about when the boat that a Boston Marathon bombing suspect was arrested in was damaged by gunfire, more than one campaign was started to help the boat owner buy a new boat – even though the owner had nothing to do with those campaigns. 
  • Forbes noted that in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross asked the FBI to investigate at least 15 fake websites that were designed to look like legitimate Red Cross appeals for donations.
  • Also from Forbes: after Hurricane Sandy, one charity calling itself the Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort, raised $600k for storm victims, but it was all actually a ploy to help a couple of con artists with their own credit card relief.

I’ll never understand what motivates someone to take advantage of another person’s kindness and charity during a tragedy.

Thank heaven it’s a very small minority, and that they don’t stop the vast majority of people from being generous with their time and money.

Rest in peace Amy, and my thoughts and prayers to her family.


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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

2 thoughts on “What Is Wrong with People? Case Study Number No. 4,453,751”

  1. It’s a shame that these scams make honest people think twice about giving to real, worthy causes because it’s hard to tell which ones are legit. I don’t know how these crooks sleep at night.

    My sympathies to Amy’s family.



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