Avoiding Boston Bombing Charity Scams

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CLEVELAND-- Post-tragedy con artists are on the prowl, preying on those who want to help victims of the Boston bombings.

"Make sure it's a legitimate charity that you are about to give your money to," said Sue McConnell from the Cleveland Better Business Bureau.

Scammers may call you on the phone; they create bogus victim fund websites. They may send you text messages or emails, all wanting you to donate money to help the victims.

"And they have no intention in using that money to help anyone but themselves," McConnell said.

Don't believe everything you read on social media. There are already Boston donation scams going around on Facebook and Twitter.

"We also heard reports that there was a fake Boston Marathon Twitter account that said for every re-tweet they would donate a dollar for the Boston Marathon fund victims. That was a phony twitter account. It wasn't on behalf of the marathon."

So who should you donate to if you specifically want to help Boston victims?

Try, "The One Fund Boston."

"The state of Massachusetts and the mayor of Boston have created a website and an organization called One Fund Boston," McConnell said, adding it is legitimate.

If you are short on money, you can always roll up your sleeves.

The Red Cross reports they have plenty of blood and money to help the victims in Boston, but blood is always in short supply locally.

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