The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a non-profit organization that has worked for more than 70 years to create a marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other. It accomplishes this through consumer and business education, setting ethical standards for businesses, complaint resolution and exposing unethical business practices.
Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have died in war. But sadly, it has also become a key opportunity for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans. BBB is urging consumers and donors to be on the lookout for deals that seem too good to be true, and for disreputable charities.
The unique lifestyle of our service members makes them prime targets for scammers. It’s imperative that we educate our service members and ensure that the support we give to them equals the effort they make every day on behalf of us. Scams can include those that target service personnel and their families directly, but also those that appear to be helping military members via charities.