Friday, June 01, 2007

Military Families Become Prey

We all heard about the lowlifes that claimed to have a relative in the World Trade Center to cash in, or the ingrates that used their Katrina cards to buy gaming systems and Louis Vuitton bags... but scamming the family of a deployed troop may be the worst thing I've heard:

"Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today warned of a scam targeting military spouses, preying on the fear that their husband or wife has been grievously injured in Iraq.

According to a report, a person with an American accent calls a military spouse identifying herself as a representative of the Red Cross. The spouse is told that her husband or his wife has been injured in Iraq and evacuated to Germany. The caller states that doctors cannot start treatment until the patient's Social Security number and date of birth are verified." (source)

How absolutely disgusting is that?!

"Representatives of the Red Cross contact military members or their families directly only in response to an emergency message initiated by a family member, according to a Red Cross release. Families of injured troops are contacted by the Department of Defense regarding the service member's condition.

Military spouses who receive a phone call reportedly from the Red Cross asking for personal and/or financial information should not reveal this information. The call should be immediately reported to the local family readiness group or military support organization."

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