Vigilance and Reporting Crime and Wrongdoing

Scams

Published: 09/02/21 | Updated: 09/23/21
Scam avoidance education and resources

Military members, DOD civilians, Defense contractors, veterans, and their family members serve our country with integrity and honor. Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who try to take advantage of that service to cheat them. You can best protect yourself against military scams by learning the warning signs of schemes that target members of the military community.

Military OneSource has a helpful article with tips on how to recognize the warning signs of the most common military scams.

The Military Consumer is a joint government initiative to empower active duty and retired service members, military families, veterans and civilians in the military community. These free resources can be the first line of defense against fraud and make better-informed decisions when managing your money.

The Federal Trade Commission offers information to the broader public about how to recognize and avoid common scams and fraud.

Victims of scams

If you or someone you know is a victim of a scam, there are a number of resources available about important actions to take and how to submit reports.

Military members may be able to get help from their command’s legal office.

The Federal Trade Commission has information on what to do if you were scammed.

The USA.gov website has information on how to submit reports about various types of scams.