Slain teen's mother warns of fraud activities in daughter's name - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Slain teen's mother warns of fraud activities in daughter's name

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As a family is mourning the death of a high school senior who was shot and killed in downtown Memphis, they find themselves dealing with more than their grief. The family learned her name is being used by scam artists trying to profit from a tragic murder.

Myneishia Johnson's mother is grieving the loss of her daughter, and now she's dealing with crooks using Johnson's name to make a buck.

"I just want my baby back, that's all," Terry Johnson said. "Whatever I can do to get my baby back. But I know it's nothing I can do, because she's gone."

An emotional and heartbroken mother is trying to learn how to deal with the grief of losing her child, and she said it's even more disgusting that people are profiting from her daughter's murder.

"People are doing donations for a child, but you all are keeping the money," Johnson said.

A GoFundMe page was recently taken down after someone claimed to be raising money for Myneishia's family, but the family said they do not have a GoFundMe account set up.

There have also been reports of scammers in downtown Memphis selling candy and racking up money, all in Myneishia's name.

"I want to know who's doing it. I'll question them because that ain't right," Johnson said.

The grieving mother has heard about these scams and wants to set the record straight for those who want to donate to help Myneishia's one-year-old son that has been left without his mother.

"I got a trust fund going on at BTW school, and the lady's name is Ms. Kylan," Johnson said. "I ask you all to please take all that money to Ms. Kylan."

Johnson said anyone wishing to donate can call the school or just take their donation to Booker T. Washington High School.

GoFundMe is encouraging everyone to only give money to people you personally know and trust. Memphis police agree, and said while they have not received reports of these scams, they said if you are ever in doubt, contact the person or group to make sure it is legitimate.

"Whoever this is out here taking this money, you all need to do the right thing and give that money to my grandbaby," Johnson said.

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