In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and Texas fertilizer plant explosion, scam artists may be impersonating charities to steal money or get private information from well-intentioned taxpayers, according to U.S. government officials.
The Internal Revenue Service is warning donors to be wary of fraudulent schemes that may involve solicitations by phone, social media, email or in-person.
Scam artists use a variety of tactics, according to the IRS, including the operation of bogus charities that contact people by telephone to solicit money or financial information.
Others use emails to steer people to phony websites to raise money, allegedly for the benefit of tragedy victims. The fraudulent websites often mimic the sites of legitimate charities or use similar names, and may claim affiliation with legitimate charities.
Scammers then use that information to steal the identities or money of their victims, according to the IRS.
Here are some tips for those who wish to donate money toward Boston Marathon and a Texas fertilizer plant relief efforts. (Source: IRS.gov)