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News | Jan. 23, 2014

CID Lookout: CID Warns of Government Travel Card Phishing Scam

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, is warning
the greater Army community about a new phishing scam where criminals are targeting
U.S. Government Travel Card holders.

Over the last few days, Citi, the Government Travel Charge Card provider, has received
calls informing them of a new phishing scam where cardholders have reported receiving
suspicious text messages from 19014140142@VTEXT.COM.

The false text messages state that the cardholder’s account will be suspended unless
certain information is verified such as the full account number, the Card Verification Value
(CVV) number on the back of the card, the last four digits of the cardholder’s social
security number, and the four-digit PIN.

This text message is not a legitimate or official message and cardholders are advised
not to respond to the request for information.

As a precaution, the suspicious phone number where the text messages originated from
has been disconnected by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and now has a prerecorded message
informing callers that they may have been involved in a phishing attack.

The message also informs callers about the specific type of scam that was employed, what
steps to take to see if their account has been compromised, and how to prevent becoming
a potential victim.

Additional information regarding phishing and other internet scams, as well as general
online safety information can be found at www.onguardonline.gov.

If you are a victim of a phishing scam, the following actions should be completed as soon
as possible to assist law enforcement:
 Report the crime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) (FBI-NW3C
Partnership)  Online: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

 Report the crime to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
Online: http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft
By phone: 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338) or TTY, 1-866-653-4261
By mail: Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC
20580

CID strongly recommends that Soldiers, civilians and family members who have
information of any known crime committed by a Soldier or a crime that occurred on their
respective post, camp or station to report the incident to their local CID office or email CID
at Army.CID.Crime.Tips@mail.mil.