Don't be too generous
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana State Troopers Association warned people about online fundraisers that have shown up following the murder of a trooper this week.
The agency said it is hard to follow the money trail. Already, some have raised thousands of dollars.
Trooper Steven Vincent was shot Sunday. He died Monday. There was a vigil for him in his hometown of Iowa, Louisiana, Tuesday evening.
"There's no control here and there's no audit ability," said David Young with the Louisiana State Troopers Association about websites seeking donations - purportedly on the Vincent family's behalf.
Young believes most people have good intentions, but there is no oversight. A GoFundMe account set up Monday was removed from the site that helps facilitate donations for various causes. Young warns, if you have donated to sites, or are considering to donate or buy items like t-shirts, beware of where your money might be going.
"There's no guarantee that the money's going where it's supposed to go," he said. "There's no guarantee that the full amount of the money is going where it's supposed to go."
State Police also remind people the group never makes phone calls to solicit for money.
If you would like to donate to the Vincent family safely, you can do so here.