Nessel warns of scams in wake of MSU mass shooting

Scammers are selling merchandise and falsely claiming it benefits victims of the massacre

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click to enlarge Students drop flowers in front of “The Rock” on MSU’s campus before the school-organized vigil for shooting victims began last week. - Eleanore Catolico
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Students drop flowers in front of “The Rock” on MSU’s campus before the school-organized vigil for shooting victims began last week.

Following the mass shooting at Michigan State University, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel warned about scammers selling unlicensed merchandise and falsely claiming the proceeds will benefit a fund established for those most impacted by the massacre.

“As the mother of two current Spartans, I am heartened by the outpouring of support that Michiganders have shown in the wake of this tragedy,” Nessel said. “Unfortunately, bad actors often take advantage of times such as these, when individuals are most vulnerable, to prey on our generosity.”

Scammers are profiting by selling unauthorized merchandise and claiming it benefits the Spartan Strong Fund.

Earlier this week, MSU also warned that “unscrupulous businesses and individuals have engaged in selling unlicensed apparel and other merchandise. The university cannot verify that proceeds from the sales of these unlicensed products will be donated to the Spartan Strong Fund.”

Here are the only officially licensed and approved merchandise from vendors supporting the Spartan Strong Fund:

• Spartan Spirit Shop

• Nudge Printing

• Colosseum

• Underground Printing

• Blue 84

• CDI Corp.

• A. Dean Watkins

• 4Imprint

• Sewing Concepts


• Gametime Sidekicks

• Underground Printing – Spartan Strong

Before making a donation, Nessel is also encouraging residents to be careful about which crowdfunding campaigns are legitimate. Her office created “How to Spot A Fake Go Fund Me Alert” and “Crowdfunding for Donations” to educate residents on the best practices when using social-giving platforms.

“I urge residents to always do their research before donating to ensure that their contributions will be put to good use,” Nessel said.

Nessel and MSU are asking consumers to report the sale of unlicensed university merchandise by emailing the University Licensing Programs or calling 517-355-3434.
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