“[In] the military you have a young population on the web. But the low-priced car never arrives and the easy-to-find apartment they've rented is already occupied. “It’s especially despicable it’s directed at our service members at a time they’ve been risking their lives for us overseas for several years,” Petraeus said. has the most robust and powerful military in the world, and though its fighting men and women can win wars, they often appear defenseless against popular online scams. Service members are targeted by websites that claim to offer special military discounts on everything from cars to apartments for rent. civilians under the same guise of patriotism, Christopher Grey, spokesman for the U. Scammers prey on the victims’ “kindness, patriotism and (sometimes) romance,” which compromises the good name of the military, Grey explained.The dating scam package is assembled for and marketed to Russian-speaking hackers, with hundreds of email templates written in English and a variety of European languages.Many of the sample emails read a bit like Mad Libs or choose-your-own-adventure texts, featuring decision templates that include advice for ultimately tricking the mark into wiring money to the scammer.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.They lift the descriptions of legitimate rental properties and rewrite the post so it offers a special discount for military members.
After posting pictures and stories to popular dating sites, the scammers contact women.
Some scammers are contacting the families of military members by phone or email and making false claims that their son or daughter is injured or wounded overseas.
Grey says they sometimes ask for money for medical bills, but usually they are only contacting the family to scare them as an anti-war protest.
Grey cited one case where a woman took out a second mortgage on her home to finance her romantic interest overseas.
Protest Scams: Not every online military scam is created for financial gain.