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Website scam targets military personnel, their families

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A website scam that targets military personnel and their families is even more problematic due to how closely it resembles a legitimate site.

To the best of our knowledge, we have no local victims either at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base or Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista.

As soon as it was brought to the attention of the military, this particular site was taken down, but others like it still exist.

The legitimate site the fraudulent one was successfully confusing people with ends with "us.army.mil."

The fake benefit site ends in ".org," which is a huge red flag when dealing with anything government-related.

The U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division discovered the fraudulent site late last month and promptly shut it down, but that doesn't stop crooks from creating new, convincing sites that are very similar.

In each case, they're trying to trick military personnel and their families out of personal information that can easily lead to identity theft.

"Anything that ends in dot com, dot org, dot net- anything just anybody can buy- you wanna be really careful of those websites."

The fraudulent sites are enticing because they claim you could be eligible for unclaimed benefits as an active military member.

Every other bogus site out there that sounds too good to be true, probably is.

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