Terrorist Capture Scam: Some scammers claim to be military members fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan and who are faced with a tough decision -- they have either gained access to Saddam Hussein’s secret fortune or have captured Usama bin Laden, and need your help. Scammers say they have come across millions of dollars of Hussein’s secret fortune but need a monetary advance in order to gain access to the money, and will give you a dividend when the cash is obtained.The BBB says that even though Saddam is dead, people are apt to believe that his wealth is still circulating somewhere out there.
Military Loan Scams: Military members who have less than perfect credit are becoming victims of flashy offers that typically promise But these offers often up with sky-high interest rates that do more harm than good for military members.The BBB says that this scam involves the entire family of military members, so it can do years of damage to their financial security. civilians who are looking to fight justice and maybe earn a little money in the process.“They [build] up a huge story about who they are, they are heroes and serving the country,” Grey said. “They are very poetic, they are very savvy,” Grey said.“People fall for the ploy, and some people are sending them money.” Scammers ask for everything from laptop computers to money for airfare so they can fly back to the U. “Luring these women in and they take them for their money.” Victims have been cheated out of up to ,000.Others create identities off of British military members.
After posting pictures and stories to popular dating sites, the scammers contact women.
Similarly, others offer military members a special discount for serving their country.
More disturbingly, the scammers are offering low-priced vehicles because a U. military member who died in combat owned the vehicle and the family wants to get rid of it fast.
Though the military often provides housing, some members are responsible for finding their own living arrangements, which scammers are fully aware of.
Scammers go to Craigslist to target areas where they know military members will need housing.
“It’s very difficult to track these people down so we feel prevention is the cure.” Following are some of the most common military Internet scams, according to Grey and Petraeus: Online Dating Scams: These are the latest and most popular to hit the web.