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Internet scams ramp up following Boston bombings

10:40 PM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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Since the Boston bombings occurred Monday, people across the country have been looking for ways to support the victims.

But, now some groups are trying to prey on that sympathy.

Internet hoaxes and scams have flooded the internet as of late, distorting the truth as to what happened in Boston.

One picture makes a false claim that a man planned to propose to his girlfriend who was wounded. Then, there was also a Twitter account that was set up asking people to donate money. It too was false.

More Information: Make a complaint to the Internet Crime Complaint Center

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center receives over 300,000 complaints from Americans each year about internet scams. The agency said they result in about $500 million in losses annually.

"It's not unusual to see fraudsters take advantage of disasters and use it as a way to scam people out of money," said Knoxville FBI Supervisory Special Agent Marshall Stone.

He cautioned web users to look out for phishing and to not open email messages if you do not recognize who it is coming from.

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