Following the Boston Marathon bombings, several online charity scams have made homes on the World Wide Web. Scam artists have taken to Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs in an attempt to scam caring, concerned individuals out of their money.
The 11Alive Help Desk wants to make you aware of information that will help you better decipher the actual charities from the scams.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued reminders for seeking out legitimate charities.
Do not click on suspicious links or enter any personal or financial information on a website that is not transparent in how they are using the donations they receive.
Take the time to research the charity you are donating to.
To check the status of a charity in the state of Georgia, visit the Secretary of State's website.
For charities based out of Massachusetts, visit the Attorney General's Non-Profits & Charities website.
Keep in mind that recently created charities require a processing period and they may not immediately appear in a database.
Exercise caution and contact the Georgia Office of the Secretary of State at (404) 656-4910 if you feel you need additional information on a charity or to report a violation.