Warning! Website Scam Targets Military Members

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/21 2014 02:23PM

Updated 02/21 2014 02:28PM

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning about a website scam that tries to take advantage of soldiers and their families.

A press release says the "My Army Benefits" website (www.usmilitarybenifit.org) is a fraudulent site that tries to collect a soldiers' army knowledge online, email accounts, and passwords. 

“Official military websites will all have the .mil domain name,” notes BBB Military Line director Brenda Linnington. “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.

A press release says the site also claims that the U.S. military has granted access to unclaimed and accumulated benefits for active duty soldiers. Any soldier whose benefits are not claimed within the stated period will be available for claims after 60 months. 

The BBB advises the following:
  • Do not log in to the website;
  • Do not respond to any emails;
  • Stop all contact if you have previously responded to any emails; and
  • Immediately contact your local information assurance office if you accessed the website from a government computer or system.
For more information and resources visit the BBB Military Line website

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