Scammers posing as Sandy Hook charities


CHAMPAIGN -- A scam is making its rounds surrounding the Sandy Hook shooting.

Cyber-security expert John Bambenek told WAND nearly 200 websites have been created since the tragedy in an effort to steal money.

Bambenek said these scammers are getting crafty, and many of these websites seem legitimate.

These kinds of scams are quite common after tragedies.

"Whenever something like this happens, people want to do something," said Bambenek. "That's a very good thing about our country. But some of these bad players want to take advantage of that."

One way you can spot a fake charity is if its name references the Sandy Hook shooting.

You can check out charities' legitimacy by checking the IRS and Guidestar databases links posted under Sitewatch.

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