Here’s a fascinating story about a scammer who faked grave illness in order to defraud friends, family, and sympathetic strangers.

This sort of behavior diverts resources and credibility from those who are in real need. There’s even a website called GoFraudMe, which is dedicated to ferreting out these sort of scams.

How a group of friends ended up donating over $100,000 to a sick friend — who was perfectly fine

Here’s a more comprehensive investigation from The Atlantic.

The largest crowdfunding site in the world puts up a mirror to who we are and what matters most to us. Try not to look away.