Tyler TX (KETK) — July 17 is the first Military Consumer Protection Day.
It's a year- long campaign to help military personnel, veterans and their families protect themselves' against scams.
"When you are in the military, you develop a camaraderie and a trust with people and you don't really see that kind of activity," said President of the Texas Council of Chapters Jim Snow.
A number of agencies, including the Defense Department, and the Federal Trade Commission, started the campaign to help service members handle their finances and protect them against scam artists.
"Anything with internet and scams and phishing efforts is always something we talk about because security is a big deal in the civilian sector and the military,"said U.S. Army Recruiter Sgt. Myron Warren.
Warren says the army has an annual training on scams and phishing.
They also receive alerts through emails, letting them know about scams in the local area.
But, Warren says this campaign brings more awareness to the growing issue.
"Now you have a source that says maybe I was on this website and now I have this file attached to the email and I don't know who it came from and putting that word out is a great benefit to everybody."
The Federal Trade Comission received more than 60,000 complaints from service members last year.
Snow says military personnel are targets because they receive a steady income and are frequently relocating.
"Particulary young folks who are trying to get started and they know they have a set income each month and there is no doubt about it there is people out there that want to take their money."
Website: www.military .ncpw.gov
Better Business Bureau also hosting Outsmarting Fraud meeting July 18.- Contact the BBB for more information. 903-581-5704
BBB military line: http://www.tyler.bbb.org/article/BBB-Military-Line-Celebrates-Military-C...