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Beware of scams from Boston bombing

OLYMPIA — Be careful about giving money to groups that claim to be helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, state officials warned today.

In what some would consider a disturbing sign of the times, Attorney General Rob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman issued the caution barely 24 hours after a pair of bombs were detonated near the finish line of the iconic race.

Fake fundraisers will use the tragedy to scam people into making bogus contributions, they warned. Be careful with your money and make sure the donation helps those who really need help.

They offered some good tips for making any charitable contribution, but particularly in times of tragedy. Those tips can be found inside the blog.

 

Something phish-y about IRS e-mail

If you get an e-mail from the IRS asking for your name, address and other information so the agency can check its records, promising you a $50 reward for being so helpful…don't respond. Don't open the attachment. Don't do anything except hit the delete button.

It's a scam, a spokesman for the IRS says.

The e-mail, which is making the rounds, is an example of “phishing”, or trolling for personal information that can then be used for illegal purposes.  How sneaky are these folks? They mask their real e-mail address with one that purports to be @IRS.gov .

“We don't solicit information over e-mail,” said David Tucker of the IRS office in Seattle. “And we certainly don't offer cash rewards.”

These scams are around all the time, but often ramp up at tax time, Tucker said. If you get one, you can notify the agency by e-mail at  phishing@IRS.gov . You can also read more about phishing and protecting your personal information at a special IRS web page found here.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


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