Action Line Consumer Alert: Military scheme

Memorial day is a time to remember those who served in the U.S. armed forces–but some are using it to rip-off military members and veterans.

High priced military loans, fake rental properties, phony jury duty summons and misleading car sales are just some of the tactics being used to get your personal information.

“Basically trying to receive or take information from you they want you to give up personal information so then they can steal your identity,” Hawaii Better Business Bureau, Timothy Caminos said.

The Hawaii BBB says if deal sounds too good to be true it probably is.

“Promises of vehicles, websites that pop up or people that pop up claiming to sell discounted vehicles for military personnel promising to buy them back when they need to leave,” Caminos said.

Caminos says that its hit Hawaii military members and veterans before.

“There are a lot of websites that use key phrases will attract attention of people searching online and that’s how a majority of them are duped into these kind of schemes,” Caminos said.

The Hawaii BBB recommends these tips to avoid being targeted:

Do your research–get as much information about a business before you pay.

Don’t wire transfer money to anyone you don’t know.

Protect your computer–avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and don’t enter personal information on unfamiliar websites.

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