Con artists apparently targeting soldiers' families, seeking information
By Associated Press, 8/5/2003 08:06
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) People posing as Army casualty notification officers have contacted the families of five soldiers deployed to Iraq in an apparent fraud attempt.
The suspects contacted the families by telephone and went to their doors in Army uniforms, said Maj. Joe Golden, rear detachment commander for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
The suspects told the families they had important news about their loved ones but asked to first see documents such as Social Security cards and birth and marriage certificates. One of the impersonators asked for a check for $300.
''This is not the way we do business,'' said Golden, adding the Army would never ask for that kind of information.
The incidents began in April and the most recent one was about a month ago. No one has been arrested and the cases are under investigation, said post spokesman Richard Bridges.
Fort Carson has 11,000 troops deployed in Iraq and the post has lost 13 soldiers there, all since the end of major combat was declared on May 1.