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 Defense.gov 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.

4 Comments on "Resources If You’re Scammed"

  1. 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 @ yahoo.com and facebook I have all the pictures. I need help on how to stop this man

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

  3. I've had the same thing! Different name but basically sounds like the same situation. I filed with ic3.gov 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

  4. 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.

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