Some people have no soul, no heart, and live the life of a parasite. They walk upright like man, but in their mind, they crawl and scavage like a pesty insect.

A man was recently killed in a dispute. The case is pending and the details will emerge as the case winds through the legal system.

I wrote about the death of Eric Voshell a few weeks ago. He died on his feet like a man. He was a father and a husband and businessman. He had served as a volunteer firefighter on Martha's Vineyard and he was a member of a motorcycle club. He was buried with the flag of a first responder draped over his casket and he was surrounded by his family and friends.

While he was being honored and mourned by the people who he loved and who loved him back, there was a conspiracy of maggots looking to profit off of his death.

Internet scammers were busy at work mining the social media data available on the recently departed at the same time his wife and children were picking out the proper clothes to wear to his funeral. Children crying and a wife trying to be strong for her now fatherless daughters.

Because the man in the coffin had a large group of friends, the scammers swarmed with enthusiasm. They quickly started sending out phony requests for help for the family of Eric Voshell. The folks that wanted to help his family were scammed.

The real friends of Eric Voshell have put in place a way to help his family. Someone donated a motorcycle at cost to be raffled off and the profits will go to his family. There was a large party with all of the proceeds going to his family. His friend Jeremy Borges joined me on air to warn about the scammers. Listen to our conversation here:

The scammers won a minor victory; someday they may win a ball-peen hammer.

Be careful when you get an online request to help someone financially.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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