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Sickos cash in on six-year-olds death with fake GoFundMe page

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A fake GoFundMe page has been set up by fraudsters trying to cash in on the death of a six-year-old.

Darci Jacksons family launched a campaign to get funding for potentially life-saving treatment for her.

Graeme and Amanda Jackson started the appeal to travel to the U.S. where they needed $1,000,000, raising more than £50,000 within the first 24 hours.

Darci Jackson. ONLINE fraudsters set up a fake Go Fund Me we page to cash in on the tragic death of six-year-old Darci Jackson. They used details from the genuine fundraising appeal to con wellwishers. The hoax page has now been taken down, although it is not clear how many donations had been made. Graeme Jackson and his wife Amanda launched a $1 million fundraising campaign in August to pay for potentially life-saving treatment for their daughter Darci in America, raising more than ?50,000 in just under 24 hours.

Darci Jackson died from leukaemia but then someone tried to capitalise on her death (Picture: Jackson Family)

Darci Jackson. ONLINE fraudsters set up a fake Go Fund Me we page to cash in on the tragic death of six-year-old Darci Jackson. They used details from the genuine fundraising appeal to con wellwishers. The hoax page has now been taken down, although it is not clear how many donations had been made. Graeme Jackson and his wife Amanda launched a $1 million fundraising campaign in August to pay for potentially life-saving treatment for their daughter Darci in America, raising more than ?50,000 in just under 24 hours.

She was just six years old when she died before she could get treatment in the U.S. (Picture: Jackson Family)

Sadly Darci, who had leukaemia, died days later in Saudi Arabia where the family have been living since emigrating from Kircaldy, Fife, three years ago.

Money raised at her funeral last month was collected in aid of another child, Joshua Nicholson, who was facing a similar cancer battle.

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However, a second fundraising page purporting to be for Darci was set up, using the details her family had made public.

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Graeme, 42, said: Some sicko has set up a second GoFundMe page to raise £5,000 for Darci using exactly the same details that we had used.

We did not set this page up and have received no funds from this. It has been reported to Go Fund Me and the police.

Darci Jackson. ONLINE fraudsters set up a fake Go Fund Me we page to cash in on the tragic death of six-year-old Darci Jackson. They used details from the genuine fundraising appeal to con wellwishers. The hoax page has now been taken down, although it is not clear how many donations had been made. Graeme Jackson and his wife Amanda launched a $1 million fundraising campaign in August to pay for potentially life-saving treatment for their daughter Darci in America, raising more than ?50,000 in just under 24 hours.

Her family had wanted to raise $1,000,000 for treatment in the U.S. (Picture: Jackson Family)

Darci Jackson. ONLINE fraudsters set up a fake Go Fund Me we page to cash in on the tragic death of six-year-old Darci Jackson. They used details from the genuine fundraising appeal to con wellwishers. The hoax page has now been taken down, although it is not clear how many donations had been made. Graeme Jackson and his wife Amanda launched a $1 million fundraising campaign in August to pay for potentially life-saving treatment for their daughter Darci in America, raising more than ?50,000 in just under 24 hours.

Her father Graeme has described the people who set up the fake account as sickos (Picture: Jackson Family)

Im so angry that someone would abuse what we are going through. They are sick – it is like-for-like of our original page.

Graeme pledged he would work with the GoFundMe website to try to ensure anyone who was cheated into making a donation is fully refunded. I wish I could catch this sicko, he added.

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Darci suffered acute lymphoblasic leukaemia and the initial success gave her parents hope that she might be able to receive treatment in the U.S.

However, her condition deteriorated and Graeme and Amanda had to deliver the heartbreaking news to supporters that their superhero Darci had lost her cancer battle.

They paid tribute to their caring, feisty, brave, courageous, strong-willed and fun-loving little girl and said she had put up one hell of a fight.

The couple, along with Darcis brother and sister Daniel and Sienna, returned to their home town of Kirkcaldy to lay her to rest.

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GoFundMe said they have removed the page and banned the person who set it up.

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