AUSTIN (KXAN) - As thousands of men and women serve our country, some people are trying to serve themselves to their hard-earned pay check.
Erin Rodriguez of the Better Business Bureau said the lifestyle of a constant paycheck and deployments make military members more vulnerable.
"They could be younger, who have families, so they are more often than not targeted by these scammers," Rodriguez said.
Most recently, military members will receive calls telling them they can refinance their home loans.
The red flag? They are asking for a fee to be paid upfront to process the paperwork.
BBB urges people to stay cautious.
"If military servicemen and women are contacted by phone about anything regarding mortgages or anything that's a big decision-maker, they should do their research -- confirm the company or person calling them," reminds Rodriguez.
The BBB suggests you take the time and realize that you don't have to make the decision right then and there.
If you receive an email requesting information, do not click on the link. Log out and open the official website directly.
"If they are contacted -- whether over the phone or even in person -- by someone asking for them to wire money, that is a huge red flag. Once you wire that money, it is gone and not traceable," Rodriquez said.
Some scammers are becoming more sly by offering military discounts if you provide information.
Because service members use their Social Security Number constantly during their military career, it puts them at a higher risk of identity fraud.
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