New Jersey Task Force 1 to deploy to Florida as condo collapse death toll rises

New Jersey’s Task Force 1 search and rescue team will deploy to Florida to assist with the rescue efforts of a collapsed condo in Surfside.

Authorities say six more bodies were found on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 18. There are still 147 people missing, including a couple from Lakewood.

As rescue efforts continue, officials say some crooks are already setting up bogus online fundraisers to take advantage of those who wish to help them. One of these scams is related to New Jersey.

“We once had a scammer who developed some kind of nonprofit organization in New Jersey that tried to create this opportunity to steal the identity of people’s information,” says Jimmy Patronis, Florida CFO. . “If you donate money to a GoFundMe account, you might as well throw it out the window, your car. I just want to discourage it incredibly. You can’t do enough due diligence to make sure your GoFundMe donation goes. to a noble cause.

Anyone wishing to donate to the rescue effort should visit the Miami-Dade website. There is a list of legitimate groups that are directly assisting those affected by the collapse.

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