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    Army Warns of Scam Targeting New Soldiers

    Army Warns of Scam Targeting New Soldiers

    At least two major Army installations and the branch's service academy have issued scam alerts, warning soldiers and the public about an ongoing shakedown that is targeting the service's newest members. So far, more than 74 soldiers have been scammed out of over $143K, according to one Army installation.

    Forts Benning and Huachuca, two bases located on opposite sides of the country that train soldiers, posted alerts on their Facebook pages over the last week. West Point, which trains new cadets ahead of commissioning them as Army officers, also posted the alert.

    The alerts outline a scam in which “unknown individuals” purporting to be noncommissioned officers are calling soldiers, asking them for money to fix a “pay problem” and — if questioned — threatening punishment.

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    “Protecting members of our Army Family is a high priority for U.S. Army Garrison Huachuca,” Tanja M. Linton, media relations officer for the installation, told in an email. “Victimizing and threatening brand-new soldiers who are unfamiliar with Army procedures is particularly repugnant.”

    The post from Fort Huachuca, which dropped just before the new year and outlined the number of troops affected by the grift and the related costs, said that the 's military police identified the scam as having targeted initial entry soldiers…

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