HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Better Business Bureau wants you to be aware of a scam involving websites that target members of the military and their families.
The "My Army Benefit" site at USMilitaryBenefit.org is a fraudulent site designed to collect soldiers' army knowledge online, as well as their email addresses and passwords.
The site claims that the US military has granted access to unclaimed accumulated benefits for active-duty soldiers. In fact, the website is not affiliated nor endorsed by the US Army.
"We learned through the Army's Criminal Investigations Command that the site was created using a very similar name to one of the US Army's sites, and it seemed to be created to get civilians and others to give information, even passwords to accounts," said the BBB's Michele Mason.
This particular site is currently down, but other fake sites could still pose a serious threat.
"In this case, the URL ended in .org; military sites all end in .mil, so there is a red flag," Mason advised. "Also the word 'benefits' in this case was misspelled. When you see misspellings like that, that usually jumps out as a scam."
Always be suspicious of strange punctuations and grammar usage, and being asked to provide information you really don't think you should have to provide at the point to identify yourself.
"Make sure you verify the websites you need to be on are really valid, because more and more websites are being made to look like the valid sites," Mason said.
If you receive correspondence from the "My Army Benefit" website, you should not attempt to log on to it. Do not respond to any emails and stop all contact if you have previously responded through email.
Immediately contact your local information assurance office if you accessed the website from a government computer.