New website scam targets soldiers and their families

Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 22:20 - Written by Staff Reports

The Better Business Bureau warned consumers Tuesday of a new website scam targeting soldiers and their families.

The BBB Military Line shared information about the scam from the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command.

The “My Army Benefits” website at usmilitarybenifit.org is a fraudulent site designed to “collect soldiers’ Army Knowledge Online, email accounts and passwords,” according to a statement.

The site falsely claims that “the U.S. military has granted access to unclaimed and accumulated benefits for active duty soldiers, and that benefits not claimed within the stipulated period will be available for claims after 60 months,” according to investigators.

The website is not affiliated or endorsed by the U.S. Army. The Army’s official website is “MyArmyBenefits” at myarmybenefits.us.army.mil.

“Official military websites will all have the .mil domain name,” BBB Military Line Director Brenda Linnington said. “Any other domain extension should be a red flag.”

Other red flags include unsolicited emails or text messages; spelling, punctuation and grammar errors; requests for private information such as email addresses or passwords.

Fraudulent websites come and go quickly (and it appears this one may have been taken down already), but others pop up in their place. Service personnel, family members and veterans need to be alert to scams that target them, Ms. Linnington said.

For more, visitwww.bbb.org .