Family of teen who died at debs warn of fake fundraising page
The family of a teenage girl who died after falling ill at her debs have said that a fake fundraising page has been set up which falsely claims to have been set up by the family.
19-year-old Jessica Moore from Galway became unwell while at her debs on Monday night. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Her father Brendan Moore posted on Facebook, stating that the fundraising page had been discovered and made to look like it was from him.
“Please note that there is absolutely no campaign by us for funding. We believe that someone has set up a fake copy of my profile. Please do not contribute but spread the word,” he wrote.
Jessica's brother Cian also wrote on social media to warn people not to contribute to the page.
"Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that some horrible people out there have set up a fake fund-raising page in Jessica’s name," Cian wrote.
"They are using a Facebook account that has copied my fathers. Please please spread the word that this is absolutely not us.
"DO NOT DONATE TO THIS FRAUD.
"We hope that this message reaches as many people as possible before another penny is taken from honest and caring friends of Jessica."
In a statement, Facebook said: “There is no place for fake or deceptive profiles on Facebook, and these profiles were in breach of our Community Standards. The profile in question was quickly identified as being fake by our automated systems and was removed.”
The funeral for the teenager will take place in Bullaun on Thursday afternoon.