Posted on Oct 31, 2013
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There are a number of scams currently circulating that target members of the military and veterans, such as fake military charities, identity theft targeting active service members, and veteran pension scams.

In general, all of these scams try to take advantage of military members by offering to provide a service and then taking your money, while you get nothing in return.

You can learn more about specific scams by visiting the Scams Targeting Service Members or Veterans section of StopFraud.gov....

If you've been the victim of a scam, there are a few ways to file a complaint:
•File a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or call them at 1-877-FTC-HELP ( [login to see] ) or [login to see] .
•File a complaint about Internet-related fraud issues with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

StopFraud.gov offers information about how to report financial fraud.
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SSG Physical Security Nco
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MSgt Suber, Have you ever seen something on FB where a spouse or an associate of a widow solicits funds for a fallen service member? Sometimes they will say the SM was a Navy Seal, Ranger, or a Marine to play on your patriot side and your heart strings. The person wants you to send the money to a Paypal account. I once in a tactful manner told a solicitor who was requesting funds for a family of a fallen Navy Seal that folks have to be careful because of fruads. I then got banned from that FB site. What I found to be fishy is that SMs have SGLI which is worth at least $250 and with that sort of money, it should be enough to get affairs inline. I also said something about that too. I also said I wasn't going to send funds to some random Paypal account.
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SFC James Baber
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This is nothing new as it has been going on ever since the military has existed pretty much, I can remember all the sham businesses that used to be able to get on installations back in the 80s and 90s that would even go to the barracks and try and hustle Soldiers out of their money.


And look at all the so-called helpful businesses just outside any gate of any military installation, the check cashing places, pawn shops, car dealerships, strip clubs, etc., it is nothing that will continue long past all of us being gone and dust.


It is horrible and will always be a way to scam young and unknowing SMs and sometimes even those seasoned vets who believe in helping out other vets they think they are helping sometimes.

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CW3(P) Network Defense Tech
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I am absolutely stunned by companies that try to provide services or goods to military members just to make money. They usually feed off of those that are in a money or financial situation, or lower ranking. I know a good NCO that would not allow his soldiers to use a company without him looking into it. He would give his advice and let the soldier make the decision, usually the sided with the NCO.
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MSgt Dennis Dudley
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I had a Commander that was like that when it came to major housing purchase decisions. When one of his NCOs was considering a house or mobile home, he would spend lots of time going over the pros and cons. He "saved" me several thousand dollars.
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