Attorney general warns Nevadans of Boston Marathon charity scams

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on Friday applauded the generosity of those donating to causes supporting victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, but she warned them to beware of charitable-donation scams.

She urged those people to “give wisely by conducting research before selecting a charity to donate your money.”

Many charities seeking donations are reputable and worthy of support, but some illegitimate outfits engage in questionable and misleading conduct, Masto said. She pointed out that 125 website domain names related to the Boston Marathon explosions were registered within an hour of the incident Monday.

Legitimate charities will explain how they intend to use your contribution, Masto said.

People should never give credit card numbers or other such information over the phone, she said. If approached, people should ask for identification and never give cash donations.

If a charity sounds suspicious, people can call Senior Deputy Attorney General John McGlamery at 775-684-1169.


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