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SCARS™ Scam Basics: Soldier Impersonation

Impersonations – Of Real Military People

The practice of impersonating Soldiers for financial gain is common in scams online. When impostor accounts are identified, it is important to report the accounts to the host platforms.

  • Twitter allows users to create parody, satire, newsfeed, commentary, and fan accounts that mimic organizations if they indicate that they are “unofficial” or “fan” accounts.
  • On Facebook, they are not allowed and should be reported as Fake or using a False Name
  • On most other social media fake or impersonation accounts are not allowed and should be reported to them

Identifying An Impostor

If you suspect you have identified an impostor account, you should confirm the account is not registered on the U.S. ARMY SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTORY »

Impostors are damaging not only to an individual’s reputation but also to the U.S. Military. It is important to know the warning signs of a military imposter scam or the common identifiers associated with an impostor account.

  • The account is not registered and/or verified.
  • The account has very few photos.
  • The account has very few posts or the posts are not real life posts
  • The photos are posted in the same date range.
  • The account has few followers or comments.
  • The account name and photos do not match.
  • There are obvious grammatical errors.
  • Key information is missing.
  • Official accounts will not send friend requests. If you receive a request from an account claiming to be a senior leader, report it.