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April 18, 2013

Marathon attacks spur generosity, some scams


Anyone contributing oonline should make sure it’s to a legitimate, registered charity. They can check by going to mass.gov/ago/charitiesreports or by calling (617) 727-2200, Ext. 2101. Anyone with inquiries or complaints about charitable solicitations should go to that website or call that number.

Websites such as Charitynavigator.org and BBB.org/charity are also useful in researching charities, according to the attorney general’s office, which also recommends that people ask a lot of questions when receiving donation requests from charities. Ask how much of the money goes to the charity and how much to a professional fundraiser, the office said.

Donors should also ask who employs the telephone solicitor and if the contribution is tax deductible. Payments should be made by check and written to the charity, not the fundraiser, and never give out credit card information over the telephone, the attorney general’s office said.

How to help :The One Fund Boston: Visit onefundboston.org or send a check to: One Fund Boston Inc., 800 Boylston St., #990009, Boston, MA, 02199 American Red Cross: Visit redcross.org to donate money or schedule an appointment to give blood. Call 1-800-RED CROSS. Salvation Army: To donate, visit salvationarmyusa.org. :Mass. General Hospital: Blood donations will be accepted later this month. To donate money for the victims' families, visit give.massgeneral.org. :Boston Children's Hospital: To donate money for the victims' families, visit giving.childrenshospital.org. :Brigham and Women's Hospital: To donate money for the victims' families, visit giving.brighamandwomens.org. Boston First Responders Fund: The fund was established by the Boston police and fire unions. Proceeds go to the victims and their families. Go to bostonfirecu.com or send checks to: Boston First Responders Fund, 60 Hallett St., Dorchester, MA, 02124. :New England Patriots fund: Donations can be made online at patriots.com/donate. :New England Revolution fund: Donations can be made online at revolutionsoccer.net.donate.

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