Police warn of scam that uses charity named for bomb victim

April 10, 2019 GMT

HOLLISTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police department is warning people about a scam that asks people for donations using the name and logo of a charity named for the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Holliston police on Facebook say a town resident alerted them after getting the email, which purports to be from the Martin Richard Foundation.

The 8-year-old boy was one of three people killed when two homemade bombs went off at the finish line in 2013.


Police contacted the real Martin Richard Foundation, which confirmed that it did not send the email and does not solicit funds in that manner.

Police say the email is full of red flags, including poor grammar and references the “Saddam Hussein of Iraq discovery fund.”

It also requests personal information, including Social Security numbers.