BBB Warns of Boston marathon bombing charity scams - CBS46 News

BBB Warns of Boston marathon bombing charity scams

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The Better Business Bureau is urging people to give thoughtfully and avoid scam artists trying to take advantage of the generosity of others.

At least one poorly conceived charity scam has already emerged in the wake of the explosions.

The BBB said more scams are likely.

"Social media makes it very easy to reach a lot of people quickly, when emotions are running high and people feel the need to take action, any action, to help," said H. Art Taylor, president and CEO of the Alliance.

Tips:
- Be proactive and find trusted charities that are providing assistance.
- About 40 of the 50 states require charities to register with a state government agency.
- Watch out for vague appeals that don't identify the intended use of funds.
- Never click on links to charities on unfamiliar websites or in texts or emails.
Click here for more tips.

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