Boston Marathon scams target public
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is warning Oregon consumers to be on the lookout for phony solicitations for victims of the Boston Marathon explosions.
Almost immediately after the bombing, a Twitter account began offering to donate $1 for every re-tweet. It was quickly suspended when users reported it to be bogus.
Inernet scams inevitably following every major tragedy of this type.
"Scammers came out in force after the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina," said Ellen Klem, director of consumer outreach and education. "They'll try again after Monday's senseless bombing.
"Don't let them prosper off the tragedy. Be generous, but skeptical."
Consumers should remember to never give out personal of financial information over the phone; write checks only to legitimate organizations, never individuals; and be aware of anyone who wants money immediately, especially in cash.