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Las Vegans warned of breast cancer charity scams

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The Better Business Bureau of Southern Nevada says scam artists are forming "sound alike charities" to make victims think it's all in the name of breast cancer.

"Just because they're using the word breast cancer in their pitch or their terminology doesn't actually mean that they're with a legitimate breast cancer foundation," said Katie Robison, Communications Manager with the Better Business Bureau.

The BBB says the elderly are the most targeted group, because many are the age where breast cancer becomes a serious concern.

"You know 1 in 8 women are diagnosed, so almost everybody knows somebody that's been diagnosed. So when you see something asking for dollars for a cause that you want to invest your dollars, in you want to make sure it is legitimate," said Stephanie Kirby, Executive Director of the Southern Nevada affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

In order to make sure a charity is legitimate, the BBB says it's important to look at where the mail came from.

"A lot of them come from Canada, out of the country. You'll also notice if they're asking for a donation in response to receive a lottery winning," said Robison.

Although this month it is breast cancer fraud the BBB warns scams are seasonal.

"Next month, we'll probably see a lot regarding Veterans Day, information about soldiers and veterans and World War II vets," Robison said.

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