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4/21/2013 10:02:00 PM
Editorial: Help Boston victims, but don't be scammed

Just a week ago today, all of Boston - and America - hyperventilated as shock waves crossed the country when bombers turned the finish of the Boston Marathon into an unspeakable tragedy.

Not one of us could believe that something so horrific would cast a pall over this iconic world event. But two pressure-cooker bombs did, leaving three people dead and more than 180 people wounded, some of them critically. Many are still in the hospital, recovering. Their lives have been inextricably altered, both physically and emotionally.

Because of the intense manhunt for the perpetrators of this crime, our attention was on finding them before they could plant more bombs and hurt more people. Sooner than we might have expected, law enforcement put the pieces together and, after four long days, tracked the suspects down. One suspect died in a shootout early Friday morning; the other was captured that evening. We all watched spellbound as this played out, even more sorrowful because a young police officer also died during the shootout. Authorities believe he, too, was a victim of the bombing suspects.

Finally, everyone could exhale Friday evening when the second suspect was taken into custody. All America were with Bostonians in spirit when they lined the streets in jubilance, applauding law enforcement officers as they left the scene with their captive.

Now, a week later, this attack is still at the forefront of our minds. We will be ever so vigilant as this case goes through our judicial system, because we want answers - answers that will, hopefully, tell us why anyone would want to carry out such obvious hatred for the United States.

That said, it's time to leave the judicial process in the hands of the courts and pursue ways we can help people of the greater Boston area get back on their feet, especially those who have suffered debilitating injuries and face enormous medical bills.

The internet offers sites where can donate, and more fundraisers are bound to be set up in coming days.

But, heed caution from the Federal Trade Commission:

• If you get a phone solicitation for a donation, ask for the name of the charity if the caller doesn't tell you right away.

• Ask how much of the donation goes directly to the cause.

• Beware of giving credit card or bank information over the phone; check out the charity's reputation with the Better Business Bureau, Charity Watch or GuideStar.

• Ask for a receipt that will verify the donation is tax-deductible.

• Avoid sending cash through the mail.

With every tragedy, fakers come out of the woodwork to scam their prey.

We all want Boston to recover. Just be sure your contributions end up in the right hands.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: A Sin and A Shame!

You know all scammers are democrats. Lead buy the head scammer, Satan Barack H. Obama. They are the only ones with no conscience. That is why we have a welfare problem. Lazy democrats scamming the system. Like the bible states �their conscience has been seared as with a hot iron�. Which means they have no morals and they will not stop their evil!

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: John Moore

@Give em Hell... apparently, our country hasn't learned it's lesson yet, has it? What happened to our Homeland Security?

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

@John Moore

Using that logic, then there must be a huge contribution coming from the Bush administration then for the attacks on 9/11

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: John Moore

I believe our security agencies, CIA,FBI,SS, Homeland Security, can send the money to help by giving up their salaries for not protecting the country. Red flags were there since 2011, but our country gets too comfortable and complacent. Boston has many rich and successful people living there and they pay a very high tax rate.

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

Unfortunatlely for some of the affected in Boston responding to internet requests and phone requests for money isn't happening here. Every time the scent of money gets out the scammers go nuts. Happens every time. Don't call me, I'll call you (or hang up on you lol).

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