Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have died in war. But sadly, it has also become a key opportunity for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation.
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Arizona is urging consumers and donors to be on the lookout for deals that seem too good to be true, and for disreputable charities.
“It’s imperative that we educate our service members and ensure that the support we give to them equals the effort they make every day on our behalf,” notes Kim States, BBB President.
States said scams can include those that target service personnel and their families directly, but also those that appear to be helping military members via charities.
“This time of year, donors need to watch out for questionable charities that say they raise funds on behalf of military organizations,” she said. “When you make a donation, always check www.give.org to see that the group meets BBB charity standards, especially around Memorial Day. Too many solicitors that fail to meet BBB standards call and say they help veterans, service members or their families, and little of the money donated will serve that purpose.”
BBB sees scammers targeting our service members at all times of the year by way of:
BBB advises service members, veterans and all consumers never to give personal identification information (Social Security, bank account, military identification or credit card numbers, etc.) to anyone who contacts you by phone or e-mail, and to be wary of any solicitations that involve purchasing something or transferring money.
For more information, visit www.bbb.org/us/military-line.