01 May Resources for Military Personnel and Families
May is Military Appreciation Month, and we’re kicking it off by introducing a new resource on FraudSupport.org, our resource hub for military personnel and families! FraudSupport.org is designed to help victims of cybercrime report a crime, recover, and reinforce their cyber-safety. We are proud to bring this collection of resources to such an incredible community.
Unfortunately, service members, veterans, and their families are often targets for scams, fraud, and identity theft. To help keep military personnel and their families safe, the page provides preventative measures to help you manage your privacy settings and improve your security.
For victims of cybercrime in the community, the page provides links for military-specific reporting services. These links include reporting through local Military Police, U.S. Criminal Investigation Command, Navy, Marine Corps, and the Air Force. Through these agencies and hotlines, you can find reporting assistance with your specific branch of the military. We also provide general reporting guidelines that apply to all cybercrime, like reporting through the FBI/IC3.
You can find resources to guide you through immediate action steps in the case of specific cybercrime incidents that most often affect service members and their families. These resources branch off into several resource pages to guide you through the recovery steps for each type of cybercrime.
- Real Estate/Mortgage Scams: While you’re looking for a property to buy or rent near your duty station, cybercriminals are looking for a way to capitalize. Scammers make fake housing ads and ask for upfront payment for fees from service members.
- Romance Scams: Fraudsters often post fake profiles on dating apps to lure in service members. The scammer may confess love or strong feelings early on. They may tell a story of a difficult family situation, medical expense, or other extreme hardship to get you to send them money.
- Financial Identity Theft: Military personnel and their families are targets for identity theft. If you notice unusual credit card activity, missing bills, or unrecognized bank statements, you may be a victim of financial identity theft. You’re not alone, we’re here to help.
- Charity Imposter Scams: Giving to charity is a noble and selfless act. Unfortunately, when there’s money involved, scammers will do anything to make a profit. Cybercriminals make charities that pretend to give back to service members. Our recovery page will help you find resources to verify the legitimacy of an organization and give you the next steps to take if you’ve donated to a fraudulent charity.
- We have also curated content that is relevant to military personnel. You can visit the new page to find helpful videos and articles from trusted sources. Education is key, share these resources with your friends, family, and fellow service-members.
The military community does so much to serve us, so we are honored to do what we can to serve you. Thank you for your service.
Download our Five Scams Affecting Military Personnel and Their Families infosheet.