Giving to charity in the wake of tragedy can be good as long as the group is legitimate. The Better Business Bureau is warning of charity scams emerging after the Boston Marathon bombing.
The BBB suggests that you check out a charity before giving it any of your cash. You can see if a charity is registered in Pennsylvania by visiting www.charities.pa.gov or calling (800) 732-0999 or in Massachusetts at www.charities.ago.state.ma.us or (617) 727-2200, Ext. 2101.
The BBB warned against clicking on links to charities on unfamiliar websites or in texts or e-mails as they could download harmful malware to your computer or be an attempt at fishing for your personal financial information.
The BBB also said that people should be aware that not all organizations that collect funds to assist in a tragedy are nonprofit charities. While that doesn’t mean they’re not legitimate, it does mean that you won’t be able to claim your contribution as a charitable donation deduction when you do your federal taxes.
For more giving tips from the BBB in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, go to http://westernpennsylvania.bbb.org/article/BBB-Warns-of-Charity-Scams-Offers-Giving-Tips-in-Wake-of-Boston-Marathon-B-41406 or call the BBB of Western Pennsylvania at (412) 456-2700.