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Beware of Marathon Tragedy Scams

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is warning against scams in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. More than 125 website domain names related to the explosions were registered within hours of the bombings on Monday, Coakley said. She asked that people check out the organization before contributing. Coakley said many charities, including The One Fund Boston, are reputable, but that people should be careful of those who may be taking advantage of the tragedy. “After the unconscionable attack at the Boston Marathon, there has been an outpouring of support from people who want to help,” Coakley said. “We urge people from Massachusetts and across the country to continue to support the victims and those impacted by this horrific event. We also encourage people to do their homework on the charity before giving to ensure their money will go to the purpose they intend.” “Our office received reports just this morning that a mere four hours after the attack at the marathon, over 125 domain names were registered to collect money for the victims and several fraudulent twitter accounts were opened asking for money as well,” Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs Barbra Anthony said. “It is unspeakable that anyone would sink to capitalize on Boston’s sorrow as we recover from this tragedy. We remind consumers to exercise caution and do their homework before reaching out to help.” Coakley’s office offers the following suggestions: If you are contributing over the Internet, make sure that the website you are visiting belongs to a legitimate, established, and registered charity, and that the website and the charity match. See if other legitimate websites will link to that website. After tragedies of this nature, there are always individuals who will use the Internet to perpetrate fraud, and you should make sure that the website you visit is operated by the charity you want to donate to. Also, you should make sure the site is secure and will offer protection for your credit card number. Check to see if the charity is registered and filing with the Attorney General’s Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division. Registration and filing information can be obtained online at www.mass.gov/ago/charitiesreports or by calling the division at 617-727-2200 x2101. Know your charity. Take the time to verify the address, phone number, contact information, and review the website and written material, when possible. Consider a charity’s history, purpose, track record and reputation, and never give to a charity you know nothing about. If you have any doubts, well established charities with experience in disaster relief or organizations established with support from government agencies are generally a good choice. Check out websites such as Charitynavigator.org and BBB.org/charity, […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

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