A New Low in ID Theft: Targeting Military Families

May 30, 2007 5:57pm

There is a new and extremely cruel identity theft scam targeting military families, the American Red Cross warned today. In this shocking case, a military spouse answered the phone and was told her husband had been injured in Iraq and med-evacuated to a hospital in Germany. The caller told the woman her husband’s treatment could not proceed until further paperwork was received, which included verifying his social security number and date of birth. Fortunately, the woman became suspicious and did not provide the information. In light of this new report, the Department of Defense said it will use a number of resources to warn military families of this new scam. "We want our military families to know that information regarding the health and welfare of their loved ones will be provided to them by someone they know within the chain of command," said Leslye Arsht, deputy undersecretary of defense. The Red Cross also said today they typically do not contact family members and urged them not to give out any personal information over the phone. Do you have a tip for Brian Ross and the Investigative Team?

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