Courtesy: Mari Salazar (KLBK, KAMC)
The Better Business Bureau released new data is warning military families about the riskiest scams they should look out for. Especially since service members, veterans, and their families are common targets for fraud.
The BBB’s data shows the riskiest scam for military families is employment fraud. The average amount of money reportedly lost was more than $1,700, but there are ways to combat this type of scam.
“You get into the job market where you don’t know anybody or maybe the job market’s a little weak or the employer knows that you’re going to be a short time hire,” said Greg Linder, BBB of the South Plains CEO, “In these situations, you really need to make sure you have a face to face meeting with a person. Hiring manager or something like that. Doing everything over the phone over email, e-singing documents, things like that, are big red flags.”
But employment fraud isn’t the only scam to look otu for. There’s also home improvement scams, fake money orders, online purchase scams, and lastly, tech support scams. While you can’t control the crooks on the internet, the biggest piece of advice Linder gives is to trust your gut.
“Make sure you cover your bases so you don’t get taken advantage of,” said Linder.