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Website scam targeting military members

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A scam was reported to be targeting military service members and their families.

The Better Business Bureau warned soldiers about the crime in a news release on Thursday.

It said the scam centers on a fraudulent website called "usmilitarybenefit.org" and was designed to "collect soldiers' Army Knowledge Online, email accounts and passwords."

The BBB also said the site falsely claims "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."

The site is not affiliated or endorsed by the U.S. Army. The official website is "MyArmyBenefits" at myarmybenefits.us.army.mil, according to the Army.

"This is the authorized U.S. Army benefits website and serves as the go-to source for all benefits and services available and continues to successfully assist soldiers and their families," the Army said on its website.

Official military websites will have the domain name ".mil" on the end, according to BBB Military Line director Brenda Linnington.

"Any other domain extension should be a red flag," Linnington said.

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

Linnington said the fraudulent site may have been taken down already, but others could pop up in its place.

She recommended being alert to scams that specifically target soldiers and their families.

"Unfortunately, we hear about new ones almost every day," Linnington said.

For anyone who received correspondence from the fraudulent site, officials said:

  • 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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