Scammers preying on Notre-Dame donors, France warns


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  • Thursday, 18 Apr 2019

Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)

The French Heritage Foundation, which has so far collected more than €13mil (RM60.95mil) from individual donors to help restore the gothic landmark, said any phone or email appeals were fake. 

"A number of scams have been flagged to us both in France and abroad," the foundation said April 17, insisting it issues no appeals by phone, mail or email for donations. "All of these initiatives are fraudulent." 

The foundation is accepting donations through its website (don.fondation-patrimoine.org), its Facebook page, PayPal, a Paris metro station and by SMS for those in France. 

Culture Minister Franck Riester on April 16 warned people to be vigilant of websites claiming to support the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, which suffered heavy damage in Monday's blaze. 

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the monument by 2024, when France hosts the summer Olympics. – AFP


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