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In the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy, many folks are looking for ways they can help -- both locally and from all around the country.
Sadly, some opportunists are capitalizing on charitable impulses by setting up scams -- including the fraudulent Twitter account @_BostonMarathon, and a slew of newly registered domain names that may be designed to dupe would-be donors, according to CNN Money.
Funnel your help where it's needed most -- and avoid potential scams -- by sending your help to some of the following legitimate groups.
The One Fund: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of the One Fund Boston Inc. to help those affected by the tragedy. You can find out more -- including where to mail a check -- here.
K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs: These dogs, trained by Lutheran Church Charities near Chicago, were sent to Boston to help comfort those in need. They're the same dogs that visited Newtown as well. To learn more and donate, visit this website.
Richard Family Fund: To direct your help to the family of 8-year-old Martin Richards, who was killed in the blast and whose mother and sister were badly wounded, follow the instructions specified on this Facebook posting.
Red Cross: Thanks to the generosity of those who already gave, the Red Cross has enough blood and financial resources to meet its needs in the Boston area, according to a statement from the organization. Of course, blood is always needed around the country all year long. Make an appointment to donate in the coming weeks by calling 800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.
Boston P.D. and F.B.I.: If you think you witnessed something suspicious on Monday -- or even if you have cell phone camera or video footage that might be useful -- share your tips with the Boston Police Department by calling 800-494-8477, or with the F.B.I. by calling 800-CALL-FBI and following prompt 3.