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Police warn of fundraising scam using Officer Seara Burton's name

Police urge people to use caution before donating to memorial funds.

RICHMOND, Ind. — As the Richmond Police Department mourns the death of one of their own, they're warning about a fundraising scam using the fallen officer's name.

The department posted the warning on Facebook Monday, pointing to a memorial fund set up "in loving memory" of Officer Seara Burton. 

Burton died Sunday, Sept. 18, five weeks after she was shot during a traffic stop in Richmond. 

The fundraiser in the police department's warning had raised over $3,500, though the total had not gone up several hours after police posted the screenshot of the fake memorial.

"At this time we encourage anybody that wishes to donate to check and make sure it is a legitimate fundraising event or account," Richmond Police wrote in the post. 

By Monday evening, 13News had not received information about an official fund set up in Burton's memory.

Burton's body was brought home to Richmond Monday after her organs were harvested in a Dayton, Ohio hospital for donation. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. 

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