BBB warns of bombing-victim benefit scams

Better Business Bureau

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN) — Moments after Monday’s deadly Boston Marathon blasts, people already looking to take advantage of your generosity showed up on social media.

“The situation is heartbreaking,” said Oregon Public Relations Manager Kyle Kavas, who works at the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “And to see people’s money go to this kind of scam is a horrible, horrible outcome.”

The Better Business Bureau is encouraging donors to check its website if they’re unsure about a charity.

In a related story, a Twitter page claiming to be the official Boston Marathon page has been removed. Its organizers claimed it would donate one dollar for every “re-tweet.”

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