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A new legislative proposal would raise the punishment stakes for fraudsters who use charity crowdfunding sites, but the sites’ operators should get some scrutiny, too.

If you Google “gofundme,” the first thing on the search engine’s list is a paid ad for the official GoFundMe platform, whose headline describes it as “Free & Trusted Fundraising.”

After the Johnny Bobbitt Jr. debacle, we know that neither claim is entirely true. GoFundMe might be “free” and “trusted” for those who set up web pages for donations, but they can be false for anyone who contributes.

The apparent scam perpetuated by Bobbitt,