6 On Your Side Answers: Scam taking advantage of military members and families

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a website scam that tries to take advantage of soldiers and their families.

The big question is where is the real website?

Army veterans, those on active duty and their family members need to be aware of this scam that targets them.

It comes from the fraudulent website usmilitarybenefit.org. Already people who have clicked onto the site report trouble.

“Well you could lose your identity. They’re looking for passwords and any information from your Army account,” said Jerry Tipton with the Better Business Bureau. “They could take everything you have, anything in the bank, set up a new persona even.”

The Army’s official website is at myarmybenefits.us.army.mil. All official military websites will have the “.mil” suffix at the end.

“This site had an org as a domain name. Anything from the military will have an mil,” said Tipton. “If it has an org, com, anything other than an mil, it’s a scam.”

Fraudulent websites come and go quickly. It you’re an Army veteran, on active duty, a reservist, or a family member be aware of scams that target you.

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