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Scam Alert: Sandy Hook Shooting

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about donating to scam charities trying to cash in on the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Any Texomans looking to support the victims' families should thoroughly examine the charity they want to go through, and make sure they know where the money is going.

Monica Horton, President of the North Central Texas BBB said, "It seems like the con artists are following the headlines. We will see bogus charities pop up and the con artists asking for charitable contributions to help victims."

One of the most popular forums for scammers is social media, where a heart-wrenching picture of a Sandy Hook victim or a memorial will encourage you to "Like" the post. Newschannel 6 first brought you the story about Facebook spam last month, but with a new tragedy to cash in on, the scammers are at it again.

Horton said any charity willing to take your money today, will gladly take it tomorrow, so there's no rush to donate. She said, "Don't get caught up in the emotion of it. Research that charity before giving."

We did some digging on Twitter and found a charitable fund promoted by the band OneRepublic on www.Indiegogo.com. A quick search on the BBB's Website showed the Website has an "A" rating. The campaign has already raised more than $50,000. 

The United Way has also set up a charitable foundation and is taking donations at a Newtown Bank. Here in Texoma, the Family YMCA is hosting a Zumbathon on January 7th. Admission is $10 and 100% of the proceeds will go to Sandy Hook Elementary.

Jack Lamson, Newschannel 6

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