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Elliot Gower family appeal scammed by websites

6 January 2014 Last updated at 21:27 GMT

A Bournemouth family who set up a fundraising website say they have been targeted by internet scammers.

The Gowers set up a site to raise £66,000 for an operation for their six-year-old son Elliot, but soon found eight fake websites in the US raising money in his name.

The sites were siphoning off donations totalling hundreds of pounds made by unsuspecting well-wishers.

People donating online are being urged to check to ensure charity websites they use to gift money are genuine.