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Military Consumer Month 2018: Fight Imposter Scams

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July is Military Consumer Month. This year, we’re focusing on fighting imposter scams – where a con artist pretends to be someone you trust, to convince you to send money or personal information. The scam can take many forms: imposters may say they’re calling from the government or from a business with technical support expertise. Other scammers lure unsuspecting victims by posing as legitimate users of online dating sites, or say that there’s an emergency with a friend or family member.

Scams can happen to anyone, including military consumers. According to the FTC’s most recent data, military consumers reported losing more than $25 million to imposter scams last year, with a median loss of $699 – higher than the $500 median loss reported by the general population.

During Military Consumer Month, we’ll post weekly tips for servicemembers, veterans and their families about some of the most common imposter scams. This month, you can help us help the military and veteran communities.

  • Share these posts. Help spread the word about avoiding scams.

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Yes that's true a lot of scam going on they will be caught

I'm trying to find out about soldiers in u s army in afghanistan when are they coming back home

The link for "share these posts" isn't working. Could you relink?

We all must Comlpy with the Law

Yeah Bobby someone is chatting on me recently and he said he was from USA and a US Army too who assigned in Afghanistan and he asking my personal info just to send his money to me.. and it kinda weird that someone who you just met online sending all of his money? such idiot

Someone is claiming to be high ranking USA officer Michelle Howard, wants to send money from some raid she and her officers did 2.2Million dollars.
On what's app I have the Telephone number+1 301 712 9148.
Is this a scam, I am very concerned.
All received on What's App.
I can provide proof and a section 9 statement.

I trying to find a man with last name Thomas I want to let him know that he is been hacked, also someone scammer on me also I though it’s was him but it’s not! I need your help , how do I find real Thomas? To let him know that he is been hacked and stolen his profile!

I've been texting with this person for 2 years, he was in Syria, took leave in Jan 2018, he's in Ghana now, he supposed to came back states but didn't, he received money two times for flight ticket, said it was stolen both times, he's still in Ghana, I have phone number he text from, he goes by name Thomas Sanders, Jeff Sanders, Miltary man, from Texas, so he said!!!is their any input or information on him,

the guy trying to scamm me goes by,john sanders ,william sanders..i have looked for the real sanders and i have no luck..i just wanted for him to know whats happening but i guess he does ..but i have pictures oif the real sanders that the scammers sent to me..on hangout he went by lucky-boy

have you ever encountered the us soldier michael zamora? he is trying to send me his cash bonus in a luggage coz terrorists in iraq ara trying to get it from him. he wants to get my name and address but I refused.

I can't believe how foolish I have been in forming an online relationship with a USA Soldier based in Afghanistan. I didn't want to face the possibility that he is a scammer. Yet I need to acknowledge that it's highly probable that I have been a victim. Is there an easy process to use to inform the military about the problem???
There should be a way to notify the Army about their soldier using scamming tactics to get money from vulnerable women. Surely they would like to know what is going on and even arrange for refunding the money he acquired through deception. The shame I feel is awful yet I think it's important to let people know so others won't get duped in the same way. How do I go about notifying the appropriate agency/people etc???

One of them sounds like the guy I have been talking g to since January said he was a leiuteant in army in syria said his wife is dead and has a son in California was supposed to come home in july but didn't said he got promoted to general in Nigeria I stopped texting him on hangouts said his name was Michael Morgan

I also was taken by someone saying he was a soldier in Kandahar Afghanistan. lots of pictures in his profile and his name was Nicholas J Townsend. That was between end of September and October. I really thought I was talking to a real soldier. He got me, and I sent him $2700.00 He was going to send me lots of money for me to hold for him with some one call David Geary until he could come to the USA. But he needed some money for a certificate in order to get here with no problem. Then he said He needed another $8700.00 for something else. That's when I woke up of this nightmare. I try looking for this soldier's picture but no luck. I feel like a real stupid jerk. and very ashamed of myself.

In a relationship with general Austin Scott Miller. Needs money to get his money released from U.N. IS this a scam?

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