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DON'T GET SCAMMED!

We've been warned about Internet scams before, but now money hungry thieves are pulling at the heart strings of men and women. What's worse? They're using our U.S. soldiers as the fall guy in their dirty scam.

Pretending to be U.S. soldiers, the crooks promise love then start to break hearts and bank accounts!

They use actual information (name, rank) about soldiers in order to convince their prey to send money abroad.

The Army created a list of things to look for in order to guard yourself from one of the newest Internet ploys scamming you out of your money.

If you do start an Internet-based relationship with someone, check them out, research what they are telling you with someone who would know, such as a current or former service member.

Be very suspicious if you never get to actually speak with the person on the phone or are told you cannot write or receive letters in the mail. Servicemen and women serving overseas will often have an APO or FPO mailing address. Internet or not, service members always appreciate a letter in the mail.

Be extremely suspicious if you are asked for money for transportation costs, communication fees or marriage processing and medical fees.

Many of the negative claims made about the military and the supposed lack of support and services provided to troops overseas are far from reality check the facts.

Be very suspicious if you are asked to send money or ship property to a third party or company. Often times the company exists, but has no idea or is not a part of the scam.

Be aware of common spelling, grammatical or language errors in the emails.

For more info check www.cid.army.mil