Better Business Bureau warning of potential scams that target military personnel


The Better Business Bureau is warning military personnel and their families of potential scams this upcoming Memorial Day that target those affiliated with the military.

Those scams may include:

  • Military loans: Too-good-to-be-true loans offered to members of the military or veterans such as "no credit checks" or "all ranks approved" with an upfront fee.
  • Charity scams: There are fake charities that use similar names of well-known veterans’ charities to try to fool donors. Remember, scammers can easily create websites and accounts similar to credible charities.
  • Identity theft: Someone posing as the Veterans Administration (VA) under the guise of asking veterans to update credit card, bank or other financial records with the VA in order to steal your personal information. Someone could also pose as government contractors recruiting veterans and then asking for a copy of the job applicant’s passport, which can lead to identity theft.
  • Wiring money: Using social networks or dating services to get victims to wire money to help what they are led to believe is a deployed service member.
  • Phishing emails: Targeting military spouses with phishing emails.

The BBB recommends that military personnel and their families be wary of too-good-to-be-true offers and to never give personal information over the phone or email in a conversation you didn’t initiate. Anyone giving to a charity organization should first research that charity, which can be done here.

For active service members, the BBB says to put an “Active Duty alert” on your credit report to reduce the risk of identity theft.

Military families and veterans can also use the BBB Military Line to get help in avoiding scams and fraud. Anyone affected by a scam can also report it to BBB Scam Tracker.

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