The governor of Massachusetts and mayor of Boston have created a relief fund to help raise money for families most affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, One Fund Boston.
But as after any such incident, a number of fraudulent charity appeals are expected to spring up.
Jim Camp, with the Better Business Bureau Serving Central South Carolina and Charleston, says numerous new domain names have already been registered online.
“Our national office has alerted us to the fact that new names have been created on the Internet – several hundred possibly – soliciting expressions of sympathy, expressions of support, donations for that Boston area,” Camp tells WVOC.
“So we just want to guard against people being solicited by unscrupulous organizations that might take advantage of them.”
Camp advises to check out charities carefully, questioning how they intend to use your donation, noticing if you're pressured to give a certain amount, and so on.
You can check the BBB's Wise Giving Alliance to learn more about whether charities meet certain accountability standards, and the Better Business Bureau also asks anyone who receives a suspicious charitable solicitation to report it to the agency at www.bbb.org/charity.