Resources If You’re Scammed

Avoiding scams can be a full-time job.  Thankfully, your military affiliation brings you some extra ways to fight back.  From a recent news article, these resources are suggested by Barbara Thompson, director of the Defense Department’s office of family policy, children and youth:

“Installation legal assistance officers can help when such issues arise, and certified financial counselors can provide support, guidance and advice at family assistance centers on military installations, she said. The counselors know the community and are likely to be aware of less-than-scrupulous vendors and service providers, she said.

The Military OneSource website offers a wealth of resources such as financial counseling and tip sheets on how to be a good consumer and avoid pitfalls, Thompson said.

DOD also has federal partners in the battle against financial scams, such as the Federal Trade Commission’s Scam Watch, and the Treasury Department’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where one can register a complaint that will be investigated, Thompson said.

The Better Business Bureau Military Line compiles information on businesses that are less than reputable, Thompson said, and installation commanders also have the ability to put unscrupulous businesses on a list, she added.”

Most of these are resources I had heard about, but I was unaware of the Scam Watch, and it wouldn’t occur to me to use base legal resources.  Good to know!

Have you ever been the victim of a scam?  My husband and I came very close to losing a chunk of money in a sports ticket scam last year. It was frustrating and I felt so dumb!  Tell me about your experiences so we can all learn.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Donna

    Help I have a man trying to get money from me as he is pretending to be a military man. And needs money to retire which I know is a lie but he has sent me several pictures of this man and I want him stopped using this man information and hurting others he goes by Scott Smith 966 @ and facebook I have all the pictures. I need help on how to stop this man

  • gerryhall

    Registering a complaint does nothing with the Better Business Bureau. I have gone that road and got know where.

  • Mamatoni6

    I’ve had the same thing! Different name but basically sounds like the same situation. I filed with and they finally stopped. My problem is there is a payday loan company that is claiming I borrowed $1000 from them and now I just found out they are reporting it on my credit. This has me so pissed I don’t even know where to start to fix this one. When this company called trying to set up payments they knew what bank I had and other info about me. I knew someone was using my identity with many of these companies

  • Mamatoni6

    But was able to work with them to straighten things out. Not this one! When I asked for proof she started yelling that I was “hiding from what I owe” when I pointed out to her that by law I wasn’t even allowed to use their services she hung up. Like I said I don’t even know where to start to fix this one.

    • Ed Eter

      File a small claims action; search the web for “gripe” sites; email the BBB where the firm is located; file a complaint w/fed and state banking/finance oversight authorities and licensing agencies; gripe to the District Federal Reserve Bank; bad mouth the shysters on the website of every fraternal organization to which you have access; et cetera.

      Always, be sure to name the shysters’ firm, and the shysterettes who call you, by name; provide their contact numbers and names on every bulletin board to which you have access; ask everyone reading your complaints about them to help you by: 1) doing everything they can to ruin the shysters’ business by word of mouth; and, 2) by calling them incessantly telling the shysters to back off!

      And, that’s just for starters, of course. But, you get drift of what would be my approach.

      And, of course, once you have the SOBs in the run — and rest assured that you soon will — be sure to go back to ALL of the sources you asked for assistance to thank them! And, just to drive the point home, be sure to report, again, the name and contact numbers for this shysters and dates and times that they called you to beat you out of money you never owed them

      And, you might want to ask anyone considering doing any business with the would-be thieves, to ask those would-be thieves to please certify, in writing, that they have seen the error of their ways and never again will attempt the B.S. they pulled on you, with anyone else.

      Who knows, the next guy might not be as polite to them! One never knows, now do one?

      • Mamatoni6

        Nor will it let me thumbs up you! Lol.