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The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers about potential charity scams April 19 in the wake of the tragedies in Boston and Texas, stressing that they should donate only to legitimate charities.
“It's sad but true,” IRS said in a special edition of its Tax Tips online publication. “Following major disasters and tragedies, scam artists impersonate charities to steal money or get private information from well-intentioned taxpayers.”
The warning came following the April 15 explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed three people and wounded more than 180, and a major blast April 17 at a fertilizer facility near Waco, Texas, that leveled neighborhoods for blocks and killed as many as 35 people.
At the time IRS issued the warning, authorities were scouring Boston for the second of two suspects in the marathon explosions.
IRS's Exempt Organizations Select Check tool is at http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check.
Information on charities is available at http://www.fema.gov.
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