According to scambusters.org, a phishing scam is underway that has military families on guard. Telephone callers pretending to be Red Cross representatives are contacting military families with members overseas, lying to families stating that a family member has been hurt and needs to acquire payment for immediate treatment.
These callers seem sincere and genuine but it is important to be careful to the words being used and the personal information they are looking for. The irritation comes from hundreds of vulnerable spouses of soldiers that are mainly concerned for the safety of the family member.
According to the Red Cross, “representatives typically do not contact military members/dependents directly and almost always go through a commander or first sergeant channels.”
- Be aware of your situation and verbiage that a caller uses when requesting information.
- If you have a family member overseas, remember that the Red Cross will not call you directly unless you have contacted them first.
- Ask for the name, address and phone number of the charity or organization calling as well as a registration number.
- Never provide financial information to these callers.