CLEVELAND– A warning for viewers after someone created fake fundraising accounts in the name of 22-year-old Taylor Ceepo.
Two fraudulent pages popped up on GoGetFunding since Sunday when the recent Walsh University graduate collapsed during the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and passed away.
Stacey Kouzelos, a very close family friend who was at the race with Taylor’s mother, told FOX 8 News the pages are absolutely fake and extremely hurtful.
“It’s terrible. It’s just terrible,” Kouzelos said.
Kouzelos and her daughter reported the pages to police, as well as the website. As soon as one page was shut down, a second page came online.
They are now warning people about the pages so that they won’t donate. They said they are also hoping anyone who already donated can cancel payment before it’s too late.
She said the family only requested one source for donations, which was published as part of Taylor’s obituary: In lieu of flowers, donate to Akron Children’s Hospital.
“That is the only thing that they are asking. There is no GoGetFunding account set up, there’s no GoFundMe set up to help with funeral expenses. Absolutely none of that,” Kouzelos said.
Law enforcement agencies are investigating.