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Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh warns public of scam posing as HARP fundraiser

Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh warns public of scam
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh is warning people of a scam claiming to be a fundraiser for the rescue. 

According to HARP, the fake event on Jan. 11, 2024, is called the "Humane Hearts Gala: A Night of Compassion and Giving." It also claims to be hosted at HARP's East Side Shelter. 

The fake event also listed how corporate entities could get involved and talked about sponsorship opportunities. 

"There were other offerings from $500 to $5,000 where guests could have additional experiences based on their level of support," said Michele Frennier, the marketing director at Humane Animal Rescue.

In a statement on Wednesday, HARP said, "(We) would like to emphasize that this event is entirely fabricated and has no connection to the activities or operations of our reputable animal shelter." 

It is investigating the source of the fake event, which has been removed from Eventbrite.

"It was a gala event, but the time for this event was a morning event. A 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. event, that is a red flag," said Frennier. "It talked about a three-course dinner being offered but yet the event was in the day."  

Humane Animal Rescue is reminding people that events hosted and/or sponsored by it can be found on its official channels. That includes Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, and its website

Humane Animal Rescue is also encouraging anyone who comes across a suspicious event to alert officials via social media or the website so it can combat the spread of misinformation. 

"That is what is so frustrating about that," Frennier said. "Because many times this happens, sadly at this time of year, where folks misrepresent themselves from very good and honorable organizations that do really great work and mislead people."

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