Military Families Warned Of Scam Website
Monday, February 10, 2014
The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command has a warning for military families about a website that aims to steal their personal information.
The website attempts to deceive solders and their families who are looking for information about Army benefits.
The authentic, official Army website is operated by the Army's Retirement Service office. The address for that site is myarmybenefits.us.army.mil.
The fraudulent website is also called "My Army Benefits," but the address is http://www.usmilitarybenifit.org. It is not endorsed or affiliated with the United States Army, according to the Army News Service:
The primary purpose of the fraudulent site is to collect soldiers' Army Knowledge Online, or AKO, email accounts and passwords...
It also makes the false claim that the U.S. military has granted access to unclaimed and accumulated benefits for active duty soldiers, and that benefits not claimed within the stipulated period will be available for claims after 60 months.
Army investigators have some tips if you've already visited the fraudulent site, and you are receiving correspondence from site "officials":
-- Do not log in to the website;
-- Do not respond to any emails;
-- Stop all contact if you have previously responded to any emails; and
-- Immediately contact your local information assurance office if you accessed the website from a government computer or system.