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Scammers prey on Katelyn Norman's death

1:15 PM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
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Friday morning 14-year-old Katelyn Norman died after a brave two-year battle with bone cancer.  People in Campbell County rallied in support of the teenager during Norman's cancer treatments and attempted to fulfill a bucket list during her final days.

Now the Norman family wants to warn people that scammers are attempting to capitalize on the community's heartfelt support.

"This morning someone has been calling people in Campbell County and telling them Katelyn's parents are going to lose their home and asking for donations," said first-cousin Leona Byrd. "It is a scam and we do not want anyone to give these people money."

Byrd said shortly after Katelyn passed away Friday morning, the family received five or six phone calls from people in the community who were contacted by the scammers.

A legitimate account was set up at Y-12 Credit Union in Katelyn Norman's name for people to donate money towards her bucket list.  The account is still open and donations may still be made at any Y-12 Credit Union.

"The fund was set up to pay for the Italy trip.  If people want to continue to give to that account, the money is going to be given where Katelyn wanted it to go.  Before she passed away Katelyn said there were some things where she wanted that money to go to help others," said Byrd.

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