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AG Warns of Fake Marathon Charities

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Attorney General’s Office is warning residents about fake solicitations for funds to help the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

It reports that a fake Twitter account called @_BostonMarathon was quickly suspended after users determined it was phony. The accounted offered to donate $1 for every retweet.

The AG’s office says people should remember the following tips:

· Do not give out personal information such as credit card or bank account numbers over the phone.

· Checks should always be made payable to the organization not the person collecting the donation.

· Beware of callers who want your money fast. When solicited by phone, always ask the caller to send you written materials about the charity. No legitimate organization will insist that you donate immediately

· Do not donate cash. Legitimate charities will be pleased to receive a contribution by check. Don’t send contributions with a “runner,” by wire or overnight parcel pick-up service.

· Be sure you are contributing to a legitimate organization registered with the Oregon Department of Justice by searching the department’s online database or by calling 971-673-1880. You can also visit www.guidestar.org, a national clearinghouse of information about charities and their performance.

Those who may have been contacted by a scammer should call the DOJ’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 or go to the Oregon Department of Justice website.

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