The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says scams like these usually require a wire transfer and promise free shipping.The description of the cars is lifted from auto sites, and typically you can Google the vehicle ID number, to determine whether it’s a real deal or a hoax.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.
Housing Scams: Due to the nature of military service, those who serve and their families are forced to move from base to base around the country.
The Army has found hundreds of instances of people posing as military members online, asking for money and getting it, scamming victims out of more than million last year alone."There's probably not enough bullets to take care of the people that are doing it," Vietnam veteran and VFW leader Bruce Dolan said. They're a threat to us, our veterans, and our country."And it happened here in Colorado, in 2011, to Esther Ortiz Rodeghero."I ended up losing close to 0,000," she told 7NEWS back then. Turns out, "Wayne" disappeared with the money, never meeting Esther in real life.
There are no programs through the military to send money to soldiers to bring them home, like many of these scams claim, so don't fall for it.
If you have found yourself a victim of a scam, you can file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission or the FBI at
DENVER - If you're looking for love and find it online wearing a uniform, you might want to use caution."They're blinded by love and it takes some convincing sometimes to realize that they're being duped," Chris Grey of the U. She lost it to a man named "Wayne," whom she had met virtually on an internet dating site. The main warning is for everyone to be cautious online and never send money to anyone you've never met.