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Woman sees her photo on funeral fund jars, but she's not dead

A photo of Lupita Gonzalez is taped on a funeral donation jar at a restaurant in Shafter (KBAK/KBFX photo/Matt Boone)

SHAFTER, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- A Bakersfield woman says her face has been posted on donation jars across Shafter, asking for donations to pay for a funeral.

Lupita Gonzalez says her mother was contacted over the weekend by a family member who lives in Shafter, concerned that Lupita had passed away. Taken aback, Lupita said she immediately got a call from her mom to check on her well-being.

She was indeed alive and the picture had been taken from her Facebook profile. Along with the picture, the jars had a sob story about a girl named "Enriquetta Nunez" who had died and whose family needed money to bring her remains back to Mexico.

If Enriquetta was ever a real person, she certainly was not the one pictured on the jars. Lupita said she and her family found 2 jars at different business in Shafter. They heard about another one, but were unable to retrieve it.

"It's a scary feeling," said Lupita about the situation.

She said she has no idea who made the jars, though she and police have been gathering information from store owners to create a suspect description.

If you have any information, call Shafter Police at 661-746-8500.


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