JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Better Business Bureau has a warning for anyone wanting to donate to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
"Be skeptical," said Tom Stephens, BBB's local President.
In light of tragedy, Americans open their hearts and their wallets. It's a way to help from any distance. But Stephens says givers need to be guarded.
"Some of the biggest scams you could ever imagine come out of both twitter and Facebook."
And he says they started popping up minutes after the bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
"There are always people who will try to take advantage of it by trying to set up some sort of fake charity."
The Better Business Bureau is warning if you want to donate to the victims, do so through a trusted and established charity like the Red Cross.
"You can ask them 'OK what exactly are you going to do to help these people tell me exactly what your plans are'. The fake ones won't have any plans, they'll just say 'oh we're going to figure it out. If we get the money we just gotta collect the sum of money first and then we will figure out what the greatest need is.' The established guys know what the need is because they've been down this road before."
To check and see if a charity is legit, visit here