MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- In the wake of the bombings on Monday, April 15th at the Boston Marathon, people out there want to take advantage of your giving nature. Misleading messages online are trying to trick you into thinking you're helping the victims.
Twitter has been buzzing with news and updates following the Boston Marathon bombings. Two specific accounts, created just hours later, have since been suspended for trying to trick other users.
One was @_BostonMarathon. The other was @HopeForBoston.
One photo posted by the accounts showed a little girl, claiming she died in the bombing while running to help victims of the Sandy Hook shootings.
Another showed a young boy running with a caption next to him that read "re-tweet for respect."
Another message promised to donate $1 for every re-tweet to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Twitter determined these accounts and posts were fake, and suspended the usernames.
The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau wants folks to take their time checking out charities before donating any money to any organization. The BBB says: Don't give on the spur of the moment without knowing exactly where your money is going and what it will be used for, and never click on random links or open unfamiliar emails from anyone claiming to be a charity, as it could be a virus.
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