Charitable Issues
FTC Alerts Consumers Who Want to Help Boston Bombing Victims
Apr 19, 2013 - 12:05:30 PM

( - The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, has tips for people who may want to donate money to the victims and families of the Boston bombings.

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:

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC's online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC's website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.  Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.


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