Red Cross Scam Targets Military Families
Low-life scam artists have sunk to new depths by posing as American Red Cross workers in an effort to steal personal information from military families with loved ones in Iraq.
The caller, who sounds like a young American, calls a military spouse and identifies herself as a Red Cross representative, according to an alert posted by the Red Cross. The caller says the spouse's husband, who is not identified by name, was hurt while on duty in Iraq and taken to a hospital in Germany.
"The caller stated they couldn't start treatment until paperwork was accomplished, and that in order to start the paperwork they needed the spouse to verify her husband's Social Security number and date of birth. In this case, the spouse was quick to catch on and she did not provide any information to the caller," according to the alert.
The group emphasized that it does not typically contact military members or their families directly, and that any news of casualties nearly always comes through a commander or first sergeant. This type of phone-based "phishing" has been around for many years. But the advice for protecting yourself remains the same: never give out personal or financial details in a phone call that you did not initiate.
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