Surely, there is money laundering aplenty ....
Some is no doubt real. But after the first 6,000 appeals for aid, it is hard to keep up.
I find the most interesting thing about the crowd funding is the percentage that is gaming related. Click on Kickstarter for most popular and 2/3 of the entries are gaming. You would think they would be funding the end of cancer, the eradication of hunger, or a better death ray.
The owners don't care (much) about the product so much as they get their cut. (And, certain thought crimes you aren't allowed to think.)
It does appear the lawyers have been consulted to keep the goose goosing .... Kickstarter is much more clear now that a Kickstarter can be a scam and buyer beware. Poop happens. There are certain unethical hucksters that prey on the less jaded members of the public. (It is a poor reflection on our schools that our yuts don't know that by the time they get a credit card.)
To date, I got one KickStarter project that is still outstanding (and long over due) ... the creator says it's still coming but the comments from the funders doesn't sound so optimistic. I will be pleasantly surprised should it arrive and unconcerned if it does not.
Even the crazy box O' dungeons that dumped in the ocean eventually arrived. Your mileage may vary.