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Memorial Day Scams Target Military Members

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have died in war. But sadly, it has also become a key opportunity for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation.

The Better Business Bureau is urging consumers and donors to be on the lookout for deals that seem too good to be true, and for disreputable charities.

Among the scams to watch out for are:

  • Con artists posing as the Veterans Administration and contacting veterans to say they need to update their credit card, bank or other financial records with the VA;
  • Organizations charging service members for services they could get for free or less expensively elsewhere, such as military records;
  • Advertising housing online with military discounts and incentives, and then bilking service personnel out of the security deposit;
  • Trying to sell things like security systems to spouses of deployed military personnel by saying the service member ordered it to protect his or her family;
  • Selling stolen vehicles at low prices by claiming to be soldiers who need to sell fast because they've been deployed;
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