FTC Alerts Consumers Who Want to Help Boston Bombing Victims
Apr 19, 2013 - 12:05:30 PM
Before making a contribution, you should read the FTC's Helping Victims of the Bombing in Boston - Make Sure Your Donations Count, also available in Spanish, Cómo ayudar a las víctimas del ataque perpetrado en Boston - Asegúrese de que sus donaciones contribuyan con la causa que usted desea apoyar.
In general, urgent appeals for aid that you get in person, by phone, mail, e-mail, or on websites and social networking sites may not be on the up-and-up. The FTC's Charity Checklist has tips for guidance on donating wisely.
If you are asked to contribute to a charity, the FTC recommends that you:
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