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St Kitts-Nevis police ‘investigating Hurricane Irma charity scam’

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Sunday, 7th July 2024

The prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis has said that police are investigating reports of a scam fundraiser exploiting potential Hurricane Irma victims.

The “catastrophic” hurricane, which has just been upgraded to category 5, is hurtling across the Atlantic bringing winds of 180mph.

In a tweet, Timothy Harris said: “SCAM WEBSITE SOLICITING HURRICANE IRMA FUNDS FOR ST. KITTS NEVIS https://www.youcaring.com/thepeopleofstkittsandnevis-93405… Police are investigating.”

WIC News was investigating the the purported charitable endeavour before the webpage went offline.

It appeared to be link to a CrossFit exercise company based in Frigate Bay, St Kitts, but only gave vague details of how it would help people affected by the hurricane.

So far the page has raised $10.

YouCaring.com, described as a crowdfunding site for “humanitarian causes”, was the host of ‘The People of St Kitts and Nevis’.

The site has been contacted for comment by WIC News. MORE TO FOLLOW...