The family of Trent Grose is warning Facebook users to beware of a vile scam circling social media.
Trent Grose's body was found 17km from his abandoned vehicle on a remote property west of Richmond last week, and while his family is grieving they are now dealing with a scam associated with Trent's death.
The scam begun when a Go Get Funding account was created called "Trent Grose Funeral Fund".
The Facebook account of Trent's father was then copied and used to share the link of the scam through Facebook Messenger.
Trent's family flagged the scam on their Facebook pages telling families and friends not to fall into the trap.
"If you see any gofundme pages on here in regard to my boy Trent Grose they are vile scammers making dollars off my boy," said mum Karen Grose.
"Anyone who gets this sent to them please do not donate to it, as it is a fake."
A Go Get Funding spokesperson said the Trent Grose funeral page was shut down five hours after it was created.
"We have a number of measures in place to try to minimise such campaigns appearing on our site, but it is incredibly difficult to identify all fake campaigns," the spokesperson said.
"We are incredibly grateful for the immense support we get from our crowdfunding community and also the families and friends who are extremely vigilant and will notify us often within hours of a fake campaign appearing and in almost all cases before any donations have been made."
The spokesperson said it was very common across all crowdfunding platforms for fake or copycat campaigns to be created by fraudsters.
"They will usually use campaigns that are highly emotive such as funerals and memorials or animal cruelty where donors may not be as guarded regarding donating as they may not even consider someone would be heartless enough to create such an account," the spokesperson said.
"If you have been targeted directly from an unknown person, or found the campaign via an internet search, please consider contacting the customer support team for the crowdfunding platform hosting the campaign and they can review the campaign instantly and investigate."
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