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Feb 21, 2014 12:41 PM by Nikai Salcido

BBB Warning: New online scam targets military members

Tucson - There's a warning about a new website scam in which criminals attempt to take advantage of soldiers and their families.

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 investigators, the site also 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.

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

"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.

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