Scammers Prey on Military

Anchorage, Alaska —May 24, 2018 To honor the fallen this Memorial Day, Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is doing its part to protect their families and the service members and veterans still with us. 

Active military members, veterans and spouses in the northwest have reported more than 500 scams with an estimated $94,000 lost in the past year according to BBB Scam TrackerAmong those BBB Scam Tracker reports, phishing scams were the number one scam reported for military consumers in Alaska, followed by online purchase scams.

Other common tricks that target the military and their families include: 

BBB recommends service members, veterans, their families, and military supporters to never give personal information to someone they do not know. Also, military who are deployed should put an active duty alert on their credit reports to minimize the risk of identity theft. 

For more resources, visit the BBB Military Line. This outreach program focuses on educating service members about financial literacy and consumer protection tips for military communities.

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Marketplace Manager| 907-644- 5208 |
Veronica Craker, Content & Communications Director| 253-722-8732|