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Attorney General warns of possible Boston Marathon charity scams


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - State officials are warning residents about possible scams coming out of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Attorney General JB Van Hollen says that more than a hundred new domain websites for possible scams were registered in the day after the tragedy in Boston. “I applaud the generosity of Wisconsin residents and I urge them to continue donating and supporting the victims of these horrific crimes. However, to ensure that donations actually benefit the victims, as opposed to enriching fraudsters, I also encourage donors to ensure they are giving to a legitimate charity.”

Website scams can not only steal money from you through fraudulent credit card and check use, they also divert money from victims who may need the money from legitimate charities. Van Hollen says some warning signs to look out for are groups that won't give out a name or address, people asking for cash or credit card numbers right away, or won't provide more information and a chance for you to send money by mail.

You can also find out whether a charity is registered, as required by law, on the website of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, at http://dsps.wi.gov/Online-Services/License-Look-Up