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02-09-2009, 09:05 PM
I just found this and wanted to pass it on.

Military discounts! No money down! Interest-free for 12 months! Special savings for soldiers! Earn thousands from home! You’ve seen the ads. Obnoxious TV commercials, billboards or the pages of your local paper promise bargains for you, the military family. Because of the sacrifices you and yours make for the rest of the country, there’s a special deal, just for you.
But those “special deals” may be special scams targeting a transient segment of the population that often doesn’t have the time or resources to battle it out in court against unscrupulous businesses.
Generally speaking, complaints come in to the BBB against three primary industries: financial/auto services, computer and Internet companies and direct marketing. Payday loans are a common source of financial pain,” said Rebecca Herrera, director of operations of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado in Colorado Springs.
“Even though those rates are governed by the state, many times people don’t know those rates could easily be 400 and 500 percent,” she said. “Another one we’ve seen, especially since the Iraq war has been going on, is the work-at-home offers. They appear so attractive. In the 25 years this BBB has been in existence, we’ve never been able to find a work-at-home offer that really brings in the money they claim to.”
Herrera’s branch of the BBB hears from a lot of service member families. Colorado Springs is home to Schriever Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and U.S. Northern Command. That’s why the city was chosen as one of the pilot bureaus for BBB Military Line, a special online tool to help military families receive scam alerts, learn about improving their credit ratings and other ways to protect themselves from financial predators.
What originally started as BBB Army Line in December 2004 has since developed into information lines for all four service branches under the umbrella of BBB Military Line. The BBB has only recently started tracking the number of complaints they get from military families, so there’s not a clear picture of exactly how many military victims are out there. But last year, almost 11,000 complained about a business via BBB Military Line. About 57,000 visitors surfed the BBB Army Line alone last year, Petraeus said. Roughly 1,400 subscribe to the free e-newsletter the site offers, she said.
The long-term goal is to better educate military families about how to protect themselves against fraudsters. “We’re out here, and we have something that we do that could be very helpful to them. We want them to be smarter consumers and not get into these bad contracts or total scams,” she said. “[The BBB is] a nonprofit supported by dues from members that have an interest in an ethical marketplace. It’s a great free resource that we’d like to see service members and their families use.”

For more information, go to http://military.bbb.org.