Better Business Bureau: beware of Memorial Day scams

Published: Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:30 a.m. MDT

Vietnam War veterans prepare to post the colors at the Capitol in Salt Lake City.on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. The State of Utah, the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund are partnering for the nationwide Faces Never Forgotten campaign, a program that encourages friends and families of veterans, as well as every citizen to ensure that the memories and stories of the men and women listed on the Vietnam Memorial are never forgotten. There are 364 Utah citizens who are listed on The Wall. Of those, VVMF is missing photographs for 154. All totaled, 589 Vietnam fallen declared affiliation with The Church of Latter-day Saints as their religion. Of those, VVMF is still seeking photos of 289.

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In preparation for Memorial Day, the Better Business Bureau has released advice avoiding scams that target military personnel.

The nonprofit agency divided its advice into two categories: specific scams to watch for and tips to avoid potentially dangerous business transactions.

The specific scams the bureau recommends that military personnel be aware of are high-priced military loans, benefit buyout plans for veterans, fake rental properties, fake jury duty scams, misleading car sales and expensive life insurance policies.

According to the bureau, these scams are driven by false advertisements for military personnel discounts, which often come with hidden fees and extremely high interest rates, and veiled attempts to acquire personal information.

In order to avoid these scams, the Better Business Bureau recommends that all military personnel educate themselves as much as possible about each business or charity before paying anything or providing any personal information.

The bureau also cautions those targeted by military discount scams to not enter personal information on unfamiliar websites.

JJ Feinauer is a graduate of Southern Virginia University and an intern for the Moneywise page on DeseretNews.com. Email: jfeinauer@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: @johnorjj.

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