BBB Warns of Boston Marathon Charity Scams

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 04/17 2014 04:21PM

Updated 04/17 2014 04:23PM

WTVO/WQRF - With the annual race just days away, scammers are taking advantage of people's generosity.

The Better Business Bureau says illegitimate charities and scams are at the forefront with the anniverary of the bombing.

"After tragic events scammers often play to the emotions of consumers" says Dennis Horton, Director of the Rockford BBB.  "Consumers need to do careful research before donating to any charity that claims to be involved with the Boston Marathon."

The BBB offers the following advice if you'd like to donate to a charity:

  • Make sure the charity is registered with a state government agency
  • Ask how money will be used.  Many fake charities are vague about where the money goes
  • When donating online, never click on links to charities on unfamiliar websites or emails

Click here for a list of charities working with the Boston Marathon.

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