Prosecutors are warning people that scam artists may try to take advantage of the shooting death of Claire Davis at Arapahoe High School by setting up phony websites and requesting donations.
"Bad people don't take a holiday off or any time off," warned George Brauchler, District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District. "If they're going to try to exploit the weak or those who are emotionally distressed they're going to do it in a situation just like this."
No fraudulent websites have been reported so far, but prosecutors say individuals who are interested in contributing should check with Siteadvisor.com or whois.com to determine who really owns the website.
You should also be wary of charitable requests that come from unfamiliar solicitors -- over social networking sites, emails, over the phone, or through the mail.
"It's commonplace especially when it's the kind of tragedy that gets a lot of publicity," explained Barbara Martin-Worley, Director of Consumer Protection for the District Attorney of the 18th Judicial District. "Anyone can do a website, these things can go up overnight, and that's usually what we see."
A variety of legitimate fund-raising and other drives have been set up to support Claire Davis. The following are verifiable fundraisers and other efforts afloat in the community:
-- The Denver Foundation's Arapahoe High School Community Fund honoring Claire Davis
Contribute online at: http://ch7ne.ws/1csy9kz
-- Arapahoe Donation Fund for Claire Davis at First Bank
2323 E. Arapahoe Rd. Centennial, CO 80122
Note: Donations can be dropped off at any First Bank branch.
--Youth Mental Health Awareness and Support Programs
Littleton Hospital Foundation
-- TLC Meals on Wheels (on Claire’s behalf)
PO Box 3108
Centennial, CO. 80122
-- Cards for Claire and her family can be mailed directly to the hospital at:
Claire Davis c/o Littleton Adventist Hospital
7700 S. Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122
Suspicious websites that allege to be charities raising funds for Claire or her family should be reported to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Consumer Protection line at 720-874-8547.