Between 2016 and 2020, service members and veterans lost over 420 million dollars in scams that were reported. Members of the military community are victims of cybercrimes at a higher rate than the civilian community. A steady paycheck and frequent deployments make you a big target for fraud.
Cindy Liebes is the Chief Program Officer at the Cyber Security Network, a public and private collaboration to help individuals and small businesses combat cybercrime.
Prior to her work at the Cyber Security Network, Cindy worked as the Federal Trade Commission’s Southeast Regional Director where she was responsible for supervising and litigating numerous law enforcement actions involving a variety of unfair and deceptive consumer protection issues, including online privacy; fraudulent Internet schemes; telemarketing fraud and consumer credit statute enforcement.
Cindy and I talk about common types of scams and fraud impacting service members and military spouses, how you can spot them and what to do about them whether you are a victim or not.
Cindy shares some fantastic advice to avoid getting scammed and resources to help.
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