has become the de facto way to support peoples’ ventures and philanthropy, typically through online campaigns that appeal to community patronage. But as crowdfunding and crowdfunding platforms have risen to prominence, they’ve attracted malicious actors seeking to take advantage of unsuspecting donors. Last August, a from The Verge investigated the Dragonfly Futurefön, a decade-long fraud operation that cost victims nearly $6 million and caught the attention of the FBI. And two years ago, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission it was looking into a campaign for a Wi-Fi-enabled, battery-powered backpack that disappeared with more than $700,000.

GoFundMe previously said that fraudulent campaigns make up less than 0.1% of all those on its platform, but with of new projects launching each year, bad actors are bound

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