Clearwater, Florida -- BBB
Military Line is warning people about a new website scam in which criminals
are attempting to take advantage of soldiers and their families.
"My Army Benefits" website at usmilitarybenifit.org is a fraudulent
site designed to "collect soldiers' Army Knowledge Online, email accounts and
passwords." The site also falsely claims that "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," according to investigators.
website is not affiliated or endorsed by the U.S. Army. The Army's official
website is "MyArmyBenefits" at myarmybenefits.us.army.mil.
military websites will all have the .mil domain name," notes BBB Military Line
director Brenda Linnington. "Any other domain extension should be a red flag."
Other red flags include unsolicited emails or text messages; spelling,
punctuation and grammar errors; requests for private information such as email
addresses or passwords.
websites come and go quickly (and it appears this one may have been taken down
already), but others pop up in their place.
provided the following advice for anyone who has received correspondence from
the My Army benefits website or provided information through it:
- 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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