New Internet Scam Targets Soldier's Families

February 23, 2005 -- Posted at 10:30 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- "These two new scams specifically come from e-mails that said they were either friends with the person deceased. The bottom line is that they are trying to get money from the families," said Captain Kristine Munn of the Arkansas Army National Guard.

These Internet scam artists are claiming to be friends with deceased U.S. soldiers.

They call the family and ask for money they claim the fallen soldier had been keeping for it them.

"Families need to know they should never give out any personal information over the phone or e-mail," said Munn.

Fortunately, there have been no reports about this particular scam in Arkansas--but officials say the threat is there.

"We just want people to be aware of them, keep their guard up, and protect their personal information," said Munn.

This is a terribly unfortunate situation, and she can't imagine why anyone would put a soldier's family through something like this.

"Those folks were over there defending freedoms.  They deserve honor, and not this type of treatment," said Munn.

In a second scheme--the sender claims to be looking for money taken by Sadamm Hussein's son.

Then, the sender asks for confirmation numbers, and other information, and says there are important matters that need to be discussed.

Both of these scams are being investigated.