Craigslist Car Scam: Scammers are taking to Craigslist, offering too-good-to-be-true discounts on cars for military personnel.
In some cases, the scammers claim they are military members about to be deployed and need to sell a vehicle fast.
Others create identities off of British military members.
After posting pictures and stories to popular dating sites, the scammers contact women.
-- Be sure keep your computer protected by installing updated anti-virus software.
-- Observe the golden rule of avoiding scams: if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Military Loan Scams: Military members who have less than perfect credit are becoming victims of flashy offers that typically promise But these offers often up with sky-high interest rates that do more harm than good for military members.
The description of the cars is lifted from auto sites, and typically you can Google the vehicle ID number, to determine whether it’s a real deal or a hoax.They get caught up on these Internet scams, specifically targeted to them,” said Holly Petraeus, director of the Better Business Bureau’s military line and the wife of Gen. “To have somebody pick their pocket here at home is completely unacceptable.” Unacceptable ... “The majority of these scam artists come from African countries ... They set up a scam, work in a cyber café, and then move.” “They can take their website down and open up another one the next day.” Petraeus said. S Army Criminal Investigators Office becomes aware of an online military scam, they have to hand the case over to the country where the crime is committed, Grey said. In the past year there has been a surge of criminals posing as military members on online dating sites, forming relationships with women and ultimately asking for money.Other scammers claim they have captured bid Laden but need money to transport him, so that they can turn him over to authorities.Housing Scams: Due to the nature of military service, those who serve and their families are forced to move from base to base around the country.“They [build] up a huge story about who they are, they are heroes and serving the country,” Grey said. “They are very poetic, they are very savvy,” Grey said.“People fall for the ploy, and some people are sending them money.” Scammers ask for everything from laptop computers to money for airfare so they can fly back to the U. “Luring these women in and they take them for their money.” Victims have been cheated out of up to ,000.They lift the descriptions of legitimate rental properties and rewrite the post so it offers a special discount for military members.Depicting a too-good-to-be-true offer, they ask for a security deposit to be wired in advance to ensure their occupancy.But often, the individual or family arrives at the rental property only to find it already occupied.The BBB outlines several tips to protect yourself from becoming a victim of military scams: -- Always research a company with the BBB before you hand over any money or personal information.