Beware of charity scams

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A fake Boston Marathon Twitter account was set up promising to donate $1 to victims for every retweet. People who use Twitter called out the fake handle saying they were trying to exploit the tragedy. The account was retweeted more than 52,000 times before it was finally yanked.

As a result, the Better Business Bureau has several tips for you to remember when it comes to giving and helping others who may be in need.

First of all, check out the charity. Take time to research them to see if the charity is even legitimate before you donate anything.

Spread the word. Remind friends and family to be cautious about giving because people become emotionally attached to events like the Boston Marathon bombings. Just remind them to be careful.

Beware of online charity scams. Never click on links to charities on unfamiliar websites or text messages you may receive.

And, finally, verify the charity is registered. Nearly all states require charities to register with the state they're in. So ask questions and confirm before donating a nickel.

The Better Business Bureau has a lot more information when it comes to giving tips to charities. Visit