Army

February 14, 2014

Army: CID warns scam website similar to legitimate benefits website

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command wants to clarify a press release that was issued Feb. 6, to help avoid any possible confusion regarding a false website and the official U.S. Army benefits website for former and current service members.

In the announcement, CID accurately released that a website claiming to be an official U.S. Army benefits website, using the web address www.usmilitarybenifit.org, is NOT an official U.S. Army website and it is not affiliated, nor endorsed in any way by the U.S. Army.

The official “MyArmyBenefits” website can be found at http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil. This is the authorized U.S. Army benefits website and serves as the go-to source for all benefits and services available and continues to successfully assist Soldiers and their Families. Soldiers and former service members are required to use either their CAC or AKO login information to access the official website. As a reminder, the official site ends with “.mil.”

According to CID special agents, the primary purpose of the bogus website is to collect as many U.S. Army service members’ Army Knowledge Online, or AKO, email accounts and passwords. The bogus website also makes the false claim that “The US military has granted access to unclaimed and accumulated Army benefits for the under listed active duty Soldiers. Benefits not claimed within the stipulated period will be available for claims after 60 months.”

CID strongly recommends that Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, Army retirees and Family members avoid this website and ignore any information or claims posted on the site.

Soldiers, Civilians and Family members who receive any suspicious and/or unsolicited emails should delete them immediately without response.

However, if you have provided any information to the My Army Benefits website or have received any correspondence from the website, take the following steps:

  • Do not log on to the website.
  • Do not respond to any emails.
  • Stop all contact if you have previously responded to any emails.
  • Immediately contact your local information assurance office if you accessed the website from a government computer or system.

By reporting this cybercrime one can assist law enforcement agencies in their investigations and help bring those responsible to justice. For more information regarding cyber crime and staying safe online, visit the CID Lookout or the Computer Crimes Investigative Unit webpage at www.cid.army.mil.

CID Lookout is a U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, or USACIDC initiative to partner with the Army community by providing a conduit for members of the Army Family, to help prevent, reduce and report felony-level crime.

The USACIDC, commonly known as CID, is an independent criminal investigative organization that investigates serious, felony-level crime such as murder, rape, sexual assault, robbery, arson, fraud and even cyber crime or intrusions into the Army networks.

CID Lookout provides the latest information to the Army community aimed at helping Soldiers protect themselves, their Families and to reduce their chances of becoming crime victims.

For more information on CID or to report a felony-level crime or provide information concerning a crime, contact your local CID Office or the military police, or go to www.cid.army.mil.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Gabrielle Kuholski

Antiterrorism Exercise assesses installation readiness, reinforces important relationships

Gabrielle Kuholski First responders with the Fort Huachuca and Whetstone Fire Departments work together to get a wounded Soldier into an ambulance during the full scale exercise, Apache Warrior 2013, Tuesday. These first respon...
 
 

Labor Day Safety Message

Labor Day marks the traditional end of the summer season and celebrates the American worker and the contributions they make to our great country. I want to commend you on your efforts to control heat injuries through another hot summer. Your diligence and care for teammates contributed to an overall 20-percent decrease in accident fatalities...
 
 
Gabrielle Kuholski

VA clinical psychologist raises military sexual trauma awareness

Gabrielle Kuholski Michael Moore, Ph.D., military sexual trauma coordinator at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Tucson, presents a session on military sexual trauma, or MST, in the Murr Community Cent...
 

 

Glass recycling now available in Sierra Vista

SIERRA VISTA – Clean glass bottles and jars can be dropped off for recycling at the new Sierra Vista Glass Recycling Depot as part of the city’s trial glass recycling project. The Glass Recycling Depot, located in the parking lot of the Pedro Castro Government Maintenance Center, is a glass collection point that is separate...
 
 
Maranda Flynn

FH Community Spouses’ Club accepting new members, shares plans for coming year

Maranda Flynn Fort Huachuca Community Spouses’ Club board members, Katrina LaDue and Lesley Hocker, (left foreground and background), assist new club members, Dana Edwards and Sandi Weishaupt, (right foreground and background...
 
 

Retiree Council shares news, notes Did you forget to care for your Family?

No one forgets to care for his or her Family on purpose. It just happens – more often than one might think when it comes to the military Survivor Benefit Plan, or SBP. Most often, retired Soldiers don’t know the federal law and the time limits it imposes on maintaining their SBP elections. If a...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin