Boston Marathon donation scams: A guide on what's fake and what's real when donating to victims

Almost immediately after the bombings in Boston, scams hoping to take advantage of those offering aid to victims  started popping up around the Internet.

According to the New York Daily News , more than 20 websites were registered Monday, with domain names like,, and

The website 'The Domains' reported the odds of these sites not being legitimate is very high.

"While we don't know every registrants intention, we do know historically that many of the domain names registered immediately after were done to get traffic and make money parking domains or worse,"  The Domains  writes.

Fake websites weren't the only issue.

According to , a fake Twitter account appeared called @_BostonMarathon asking users to re-tweet for donations.

"For every retweet we will donate $1.00 for the #BostonMarathon victims #PrayforBoston," the tweet read.

The Twitter account has since been suspended after users began warning those who were re-tweeting the message that the account was fake.

And if you get a phone call from an organization called 'Donations for the Boston Explosion,' that's a scam, according to Blue Alert, an an organization dedicated to the arrest of criminals who injure police officers.

Here are some real places you can use to help victims:

- You can contribute to The Red Cross disaster fund. Click here for more information:

-The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders. Click here for more information:

Have you found any other organizations offering to help victims? Let us know by leaving a comment below or on the WPTV Facebook page.

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