Tayside Police have warned the public to be vigilant after a fake crowdfunding campaign was set up in the wake of the death of PC Roy Buggins.
A member of the public found PC Buggins after he collapsed while handling a crime scene guard.
In a post shared on social media, a spokesperson for the Tayside Police Division said:
‘Police Scotland has been made aware of an online fundraising campaign which has been set up in the name of the family of our colleague PC Roy Buggins, who died on duty on Tuesday 3rd September.
‘The appeal, carried on GoGetFunding.com, claimed to be raising funds to help pay for the funeral of PC Buggins.
‘It was not set up by his family or by anyone connected with him.
‘It appears that this appeal has now been removed from the webpage and social media, but we are investigating the circumstances behind it.
‘Needless to say, this has caused further upset and distress to the Buggins family at an already difficult time.
‘Should this false funding appeal re-appear, we would ask everyone not to donate or contribute, and share this message to prevent others from doing so’.
Crowdfunding campaigns have become a popular way for the general public and members of the emergency services family to donate money to officers who have been seriously injured while at work or to raise funds for loved ones after a serving member of the emergency services is killed on duty.
However, fraudsters are often quick to set up fake crowdfunding campaigns to take advantage of the public’s kind-hearted nature after emergency services personnel are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.
Being mindful of the threat posed by fraudsters, Emergency Services News will only ever share crowdfunding campaigns which we have been able to verify as being legitimate.
Emergency Services News has contacted GoGetFunding.com for comment.