Beware of Boston Marathon Charity Scams

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By Rochelle Dean

(WOLO) COLUMBIA,S.C., --

Within hours of the two explosions during the Boston Marathon, Better Business officials say their were more than a hundred phoney websites launched to dupe people into giving up their hard earned money.

The BBB is now warning people of scams asking people to remember that if it sounds to good to be true...it is.

Columbia Better Business Bureau President, Jim Camp says there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and still donate to those who were injured in Boston.

First,donate to charities you are already familiar with. Don't be pressured into giving money on the spot. Any monetary donation you plan to give will be just as valuable a day or two later. Camp also says do your homework. Find out the background and track record of the charity you decide to give money to before you hand it over.

"Unfortunately, tragedies inspire scammers to take advantage of people's generosity. Give wisely by checking on the organization before donating to make sure your gift is being used for its intended purpose."

The state of Massachusetts has started a website to help cut down on fraudulent sites..."the one fund boston" site is one place you can go to donate.

If you are still unsure you can go to BBB.org/charity to get a complete list of charity that are legitimate.

Source: Better Business Bureau

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hootie said on Thursday, Apr 18 at 8:18 AM

Absolutely shameful that there are those amongst us who take advantage of kind-hearted individuals willing to share what they have.

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