Social media served to be a tool in the wake of tragedy in Boston, connecting people, sharing information and serving as a grieving space, however; it didn’t take long for scam artists to take advantage of social media to try to make money.
After two explosions near the Boston Marathon’s finish line caused three deaths and more than 140 injuries Monday, fake charities and bogus pleas for donations starting popping up on Twitter.
Following the chaos, someone created a fake Boston Marathon twitter account promising to donate $1 for Boston Marathon victims for every retweet.
"For every retweet we receive we will donate $1.00 to the #BostonMarathon victims #PrayForBoston,” read the tweet sent by the Twitter account @_BostonMarathon.
Twitter users flagged the account after noticing it was brand new and was not verified. The account has since been suspended and its creator is not yet known.
To avoid scams by fake charities, experts recommend:
Other fake charity operations popped up on Twitter following other tragedies like Hurricane Sandy and the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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