The Great GoFundMe Fake Out


My last post was hard to write as it was about me swallowing my pride and admitting I need help.

This post is about how the organization I used to get that help has royally screwed me over in a way I didn’t think was possible.

So first of all, I was (and still am) truly touched by the numerous people who came out to donate to my college fund. I have a tendency to feel like I am alone in this world, so it’s extremely comforting to know how many people care. You are all amazing and the reason I want to work hard to make good content.

The campaign was growing slowly and then I woke up a few days before Christmas to find that a stranger had donated $1,500 to my fund. That’s more than two months rent for me. I can’t express in words how incredibly relieved I was. To know that regardless of how close I got to my goal, I was going to be okay for the next couple months. I had a spring in my step all day as if a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

The very next day I woke up to an email from WePay saying they had cancelled the payment because they couldn’t verify the payer.

I was completely crushed. My hopes had been lifted and then dashed within 24 hours.

Couldn’t “verify the payer”? What does that even mean? Their customer support was unhelpful, repeating exactly what their original email had said. No one would given me a straight answer.

The remaining money wasn’t as much, but still appreciated and needed. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get to any of it. I still can’t. Since I began my GoFundMe campaign, I haven’t received a penny of the money that has been donated.

This was understandably alarming, so I did some research into their money handling company, WePay. The results were not comforting. Especially the complaints to the Better Business Bureau  detailing the exact same problem.

So WePay is a scammy, fraudulent business. Great. Fucking great.

So what’s the plan?

{EDIT} After my very public outcry on Twitter, WePay suddenly dumped all funds into my account. After expressly telling me it wasn’t possible because my account number was incorrect. Let me be clear: They refused to send me the funds once because I had not verified my account. I, of course, couldn’t verify it because they never sent me the two micro-transactions to my bank account to verify it. AND YET the money still made it to my account without verification and an “incorrect account number”. They said they didn’t have the capability, and now they do. That is some Innsmouth level fishyness, y’all.

So thank you all so much for your donations! Love you guise!

 New Campaign?

My trust in these kinds of companies has been shaken. So I don’t think I’ll ever be using a service like this again. Right now I’m only going to use services I’m familiar with like Patreon and PayPal.

If you’re still interested in donating my college fund, I recommend sending it to Paypal via magdelen2501 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Thanks, everyone. I’m sorry this got so cocked up. I wish I had known how bad this company is and I hope this steers other people in need away from these vultures!

-M

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3 thoughts on “The Great GoFundMe Fake Out

  1. Pingback: GoFundMe Campaign VS. The Pants-shitting Terror of Poverty | Jellyfish Station

  2. We had a gofundme set up for donations to our adoption fund and we experienced a similar situation as you. We received almost $2,500 in donations where the payer couldn’t be verified too. Heart wrenching!

    Nan

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