A mother in Utah has been charged with communications fraud after she scammed people by telling them her 4-year-old daughter had cancer.
The young girl wasn't ill and people who gave donations to help are now trying to get their money back.
Abby Denise told people her daughter had leukemia, but it turned out that wasn't true. Investigators said she never actively solicited donations, but a number of people and organizations donated large amounts of money to help the young girl.
People in our area said they couldn't believe a mother would use her child like this, and they felt that what she did was very sad.
"It's terrible, I don't know how she could lay her head down at night after saying something like that, " said Harrison County resident Lea Robinson.
Harrison County resident Nathan Barnett said, "She shouldn't have done that. She should have never done something like that, I mean that's just wrong."
Harrison County Sheriff Albert Marano said the best way to avoid being scammed is to do some investigating before donating to a cause. "Ask questions, get referrals and do a little bit of investigating before you give your money out," said Marano.
He also said people should be careful when donating to individuals, especially if you don't know the people involved. He also said legitimate fundraisers are typically handled by banks or other financial institutions in one way or another.