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updated: 4/17/2013 7:36 AM

BBB says Boston attack can bring out charity scams

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The Better Business Bureau is warning that phony charity solicitors are already at work in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Steve Bernas is president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. He says people are vulnerable to scammers in the wake of tragedies because they want to do something to help.

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But he says people should check out the organization to avoid being fooled by fake charities with names that sound similar to legitimate charities.

Bernas also recommends asking how donations will be used and steering clear if that information is too vague. He also suggests checking the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance website to find out of a charity has a good reputation.

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Online: http://www.bbb.org/charity

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