ROCKFORD, IL – April 17, 2014 – The Boston Marathon, one of the nation’s most popular sporting events, is taking place on Monday, April 21, and will be the 118th annual race with over 36,000 runners. During last year’s race three people were killed and 264 others were injured by two bombs that exploded near the finish line. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns consumers to be aware of illegitimate charities and scams that surround the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.
“After tragic events scammers often play to the emotions of consumers seeking donations to special funds that don’t exist or that improperly distribute the donations,” says Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau. “Consumers need to do careful research before donating to any charity that claims to be involved with the Boston Marathon.”
The BBB offers the following tips when giving to charities:
Here is the list of the official Boston Marathon charities, shown on the Boston Athletic Association’s website.
For more consumer tips, visit www.bbb.org
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