Fire victims worry scammers will keep people from donating

Within minutes, one Erie family lost everything.
 
The Santana family says the community has rallied behind them since their house fire, but they're concerned other families won't see the same response.
 
"They say that Erie is such a bad place, but when we were in need, everybody has come together and we can't thank people enough," Ashley Santana told us. 
 
Earlier this month a local woman was accused of scamming agencies and community members by posing as a fire victim. 
 
"It goes so much further than she just stole money from people. She stole trust," Joanie Froehlich said. 
 
"These good people are reaching out to us and helping and they want to do so much but then things like this happen, and people get skeptical," Josh Santana added. 
 
The Santana's urge people to do their research before donating to a cause, but they hope people don't stop donating to fire victims all together.
 
They'll be holding a benefit April 22nd. 
 
 

 


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