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How to report an imposter Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/?id=242798935802519
Answers to frequently asked questions:
- Soldiers and their loved ones are not charged money so that the Soldier can go on leave.
- Soldiers are not charged money for secure communications or leave.
- Soldiers do not need permission to get married.
- Soldiers emails are in this format: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Soldiers have medical insurance, which pays for their medical costs when treated at civilian health care facilities worldwide – family and friends do not need to pay their medical expenses.
- Military aircraft are not used to transport Privately Owned Vehicles.
- Army financial offices are not used to help Soldiers buy or sell items of any kind.
- Soldiers deployed to Combat Zones do not need to solicit money from the public to feed or house themselves or their troops.
- Deployed Soldiers do not find large unclaimed sums of money and need your help to get that money out of the country.
Anyone who tells you one of the above-listed conditions/circumstances is true is likely posing as a Soldier and trying to steal money from you.
We would urge you to immediately cease all contact with this individual. If you would like further help reporting a fraudulent social media account, please reply with a link to their profile, and it will be forwarded to the proper point of contact.
For more information on avoiding online scams and to report this crime, please see the following sites and articles:
This article may help clarify some of the tricks social media scammers try to use to take advantage of people: https://www.army.mil/article/61432/
CID advises vigilance against 'romance scams,' scammers impersonating Soldiers
FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
U.S. Army investigators warn public against romance scams: https://www.army.mil/article/130861/?from=CUemail
DOD warns troops, families to be cyber crime smart http://www.army.mil/article/145060/?from=CUemail
Use caution with social networking
Please see our frequently asked questions section under scams and legal issues. http://www.army.mil/faq/or visit http://www.cid.army.mil/.
If someone would like to report a crime, is the victim of a crime, has information about a crime, or would like to speak with a CID Special Agent, contact the local CID Office or call 1-844-ARMY-CID (844-276-9243). You can also email CID at email@example.com.
How to report a crime to Army CID: http://www.army.mil/article/140588/?from=cuemail
The challenge with most scams is determining if an individual is a legitimate member of the US Army. Based on the Privacy Act of 1974, we cannot provide this information. If concerned about a scam you may contact the Better Business Bureau (if it involves a solicitation for money), or local law enforcement. If you're involved in a Facebook or dating site scam, you are free to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the US Army. You may contact the Criminal Investigation Division at http://www.cid.army.mil/TheServicemembers Civil Relief Act website has a request form to obtain this information: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/scra/scraHome.do
www.Army.mil Web Team
Digital Media Division
Office of the Chief of Public Affairs