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.
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.