Military Donation

How the scam works:

(with video below) You're in a bar meeting a few friends for a pint. An older gentleman sits at the other end of the table, but he seems harmless so you don't think twice about it. As the night progresses and so does everybody’s intoxication level, you find yourself chatting with him. He tells you he's an army retiree who has spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After sharing a couple of his engaging but brutal war stories, maybe even showing a picture of an explosion he apparently survived, he tells you he's going through a bit of a rough time. His accomplishments aren't being recognized as they should and he's too injured to work, while his pension is ridiculously low.

He also mentions a fundraiser he is working on for him and a few of his former comrades. He even pulls out a list with 20 or 30 other people who have already donated and he asks you and your buddies if you can hand over a few dollars to help out. These types of scams can pull in more money than expected since the victims are sympathetic and often, drunk. Often times, they'll have more than just their bar tab paid for.

Only if they were the real former soldiers. Watch the video below to see a different variation of the Military Donation scam exposed.


Military Donation Scam Exposed Video

How to avoid:

It's tough to be cynical about people but sometimes you have to be to avoid getting ripped off. Either find a way you can donate online or ask him if there are any fundraisers he's involved with. But if the only place you can donate is directly to a guy you just met in a bar, maybe you should save your charitable donation for another cause.

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Ron Cook

A young man wearing what seems to be a real military I.D. around his neck came to my freinds house today asking if he could paint the house address on the curb for a $20 donation. He stated he was doing this for his freind who was injured by an IED in Afganistan. He also stated that his freinds wife had lost her job just after he was deployed and that they have three school aged children. Is this for real or just another scam to take avantage of the publics feelings for our injured soldiers?

Sami K

That’s crazy, i got the same "speech" a few days ago!!! I live in Pittsburgh,where do you live Ron? I found weird that he wore that I.D. around his neck right when he was passing by my house!!! It must be a cheap dollar store item…

Shelby

Although I haven’t seen it specifically mentioned on the site, "curb painting" scams seem to be getting more common these days. They are much the same as the old roof repair/chimney repair/home improvement scams. What it boils down to, for me, is that if you feel the asking price to have your curb repainted is fair, then go for it, but don’t get suckered in to having it done just because someone has a good sob story. A can of spray paint and set of number stencils don’t cost THAT much at the local home improvement store.

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