Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Fort Carson officials on Tuesday warned about con artists who may be falsely informing families that their loved ones were injured overseas.

In June, two spouses of Fort Carson soldiers deployed in Iraq said they were approached by people posing as military casualty assistance officers.

Fort Carson Public Affairs Officer Richard Bridges said the con artists reportedly asked family members for the soldiers' Social Security numbers and other personal information.

"If anyone who is really in the military comes to the door, we won't be asking for I.D. - we will already know who will answer the door," Budzyna said. "And we will certainly never ask for money."

Budzyna said word of the scam originated at Fort Bliss, Texas. A family member of a soldier reported being approached by people posing as casualty assistance officers and requesting $300 to support the family's injured loved one.

No comments: