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They lift the descriptions of legitimate rental properties and rewrite the post so it offers a special discount for military members.

Depicting a too-good-to-be-true offer, they ask for a security deposit to be wired in advance to ensure their occupancy.

Some scammers are contacting the families of military members by phone or email and making false claims that their son or daughter is injured or wounded overseas.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says scams like these usually require a wire transfer and promise free shipping.

The description of the cars is lifted from auto sites, and typically you can Google the vehicle ID number, to determine whether it’s a real deal or a hoax.

-- Be sure keep your computer protected by installing updated anti-virus software.

-- Observe the golden rule of avoiding scams: if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

They get caught up on these Internet scams, specifically targeted to them,” said Holly Petraeus, director of the Better Business Bureau’s military line and the wife of Gen. “To have somebody pick their pocket here at home is completely unacceptable.” Unacceptable ... “The majority of these scam artists come from African countries ... They set up a scam, work in a cyber café, and then move.” “They can take their website down and open up another one the next day.” Petraeus said. S Army Criminal Investigators Office becomes aware of an online military scam, they have to hand the case over to the country where the crime is committed, Grey said.

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