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February 26, 2014

Military families warned about scam

BUFFALO — The Better Business Bureau is sharing a warning from the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command about a new website scam designed 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.

The site 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,” according to investigators.

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

“Official military websites will all have the .mil domain name,” Better Business Bureau Military Line Director Brenda Linnington said in a news release. “Any other domain extension should be a red flag.”

Other red flags include unsolicited emails or text messages; spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors; and requests for private information, such as email addresses or passwords.

Fraudulent websites come and go quickly, but others pop up in their place.

Criminal Investigation Command had these suggestions for anyone who has received correspondence from the My Army benefits website or provided information through it:

• Do not log in to the website.

• Do not respond to any emails.

• Stop all contact if you have previously responded to any emails.

• Immediately contact your local information assurance office if you accessed the website from a government computer or system.

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