Father uncovers attempted scam

Last updated 05:00 23/01/2014

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A web scammer has been uncovered, seemingly intent on making money from the misery of a cancer-stricken toddler.

Just three days before Christmas, Lower Hutt parents Caroline and Darren Williamson found out their 1-year-old son Daniel had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

When Mr Williamson chanced upon a page asking for donations for Daniel on US-based site GoFundMe, he became suspicious.

The site was purportedly set up on January 4 by a Dunedin man, but has since been closed by GoFundMe without receiving any money towards its $8000 target.

Police are investigating.

A Facebook group, Super Daniel, was set up to track Daniel's progress, while a donation site on givealittle.co.nz had raised $10,215 of its $15,000 goal by yesterday afternoon.

Daniel is gaining weight and doing well after starting chemotherapy.

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- The Dominion Post

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