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Avoiding Scams For Boston Bombing Donations

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by Jennifer Kraus
Consumer Investigator

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Boston Marathon bombing has touched people across the country, and, as so often is the case in times of tragedy like this, there are people out there trying to taking advantage of those who want to help the victims.

Possible scams were popping up within hours after the first explosion. Warnings have been issued by law enforcement and cyber security groups about potential scams and fundraising hoaxes.

There are reports that in just the first four hours after the Marathon bombings, more than 125 new Internet domain names had been registered with names like Boston Marathon Fund, Boston Marathon Relief, Boston Marathon Victims Fund, and Boston Victims Donations.

Several so-called charities were also suddenly created on social networking sites claiming to be collecting money for the victims. Traditionally, experts say, with these sorts of efforts, the money you give does not end up where you intend it to.

If you're giving, do your homework first. Know who you are giving to and know where your money is going.

Give to established, registered charities, and if you're giving through the Internet, make sure the website is legitimate and secure.

A lot of times, fake sites may look real, but if you look closely, the website address is slightly off.

You also want to be careful about opening emails or clicking on links that claim to have unbelievable pictures or unseen video from the explosions. A lot of times these can contain viruses that can infect your computer.

If you're looking for a place to donate, the mayor of Boston and governor of Massachusetts announced Tuesday that "The One Fund Boston" has been set up where people can give. The money raised will help those who were most affected by the bombing.

If you would like more information, or would like to give to the One Fund Boston click here.

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