CID Lookout: Unsolicited Smartwatches Received by Mail
June 15, 2023 - Service members across the military have reported receiving smartwatches unsolicited in the mail. These smartwatches, when used, have auto-connected to Wi-Fi and began connecting to cell phones unprompted, gaining access to a myriad of user data.
CID Lookout: Understanding Cyber Terminology is Key to Prevention
July 7, 2021 - Cyber is now mainstream and part of everyday lives. Since April, more than 200,000 incidents have been reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a major pipeline was shut down in the U.S., and the world’s largest meat processing company was
a victim of ransomware.
CID Lookout: Army CID Cautions Rise in QR Code Scams
March 11, 2021 - Behavior changes this past year to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has not been lost on criminals. The Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Cybercrime Unit is cautioning users to be wary of suspicious quick response codes, known as
CID Lookout: Safeguard Children from Online Predators
Oct. 29, 2020 - Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, the Army community has spent more
time indoors and social distancing. This change in social behavior has led to an increase in Internet usage.
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Cybercrime Unit is reminding parents to safeguard
their children and teenagers against invasions of privacy, cyberbullying, sexting, and other forms of harassment
CID Lookout: Job Seekers Beware - Employment Scams on the Rise
Oct. 5, 2020 - At any given time, there may be as many scams posted online as there are actual
job openings. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Cybercrime
Unit is warning the Army community about employment scams being on the rise.
CID Lookout: Detect, Protect, Report Phishing Scams
Aug. 24, 2020 - The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Cybercrime Unit
has seen an increase in phishing and spoofing scams and reminds the Army
community to be cautious when opening emails and to take extra precautions
to protect personal information.
CID Lookout: Video-Conference Calls are Target for Cybercriminals
April 15, 2020 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have turned to video-teleconferencing to stay
in touch with loved ones, collaborate with coworkers, and even attend medical appointments.
The increase in video-conferencing browsing trends has garnered the attention of hackers who
are looking for innovative ways to infiltrate computer software systems.
CID Lookout: CID Warns of Increase in COVID-19 Related Fraud, Scams
April 6, 2020 - The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command continues its commitment to ensuring
the health and safety of the Army family and recommends being suspicious of anyone
offering unsolicited advice on prevention, protection or recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CID Lookout: Army CID Warns of Internet Sextortion Scams
March 5, 2019 - As part of a continuing campaign to help prevent Soldiers and other members of the
Army community from becoming victims of crime, Special Agents from the U.S. Army
Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as Army CID, are once again cautioning
the Army community about ongoing Internet based “sextortion” scams.
CID Lookout: Beware of ‘Hijacked’ Webcam Scams
Oct. 18, 2018 - U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) is warning individuals to be on the lookout
for cybercriminals who are attempting to blackmail victims with compromising videos.
CID Lookout: Beware of Virtual Kidnapping Scam
June 26, 2018 - The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Computer Crime Investigative Unit (CCIU)
is warning the Army community to be on the lookout for the “Virtual Kidnapping” hoax.
CID Lookout: Social Media Impersonation of Soldier Accounts
Feb. 2, 2018 - U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s (CID) Computer Crime Investigative Unit (CCIU) is once again warning Soldiers and the Army community to be on the lookout for “social media scams” where cybercriminals impersonate service members by using actual and fictitious information, not just for “trust-based relationship scams,” also known as Romance Scams, but for other impersonation crimes such as sales schemes and advance fee schemes.
CID Lookout: Beware of Online Scams
June 22, 2017 - The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is once again warning
Soldiers and the Army community to be on the lookout for “online scams”
where criminals will try a myriad of tactics where unsuspecting victims can lose
money, have their identity stolen, be extorted, or have their photographs posted without consent
CID Lookout: Army CID Warns of ‘Sextortion’ Scams
Feb. 1, 2017 - The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Computer Crime Investigative Unit (CCIU)
cautions Soldiers to be on the lookout for “Sextortion scams” where criminals will try to engage
in online sexual activities with unsuspecting service members, and then demand money or favors
in exchange for not publicizing potentially embarrassing information.
CID Lookout: CID warns of extortion and blackmail scams
Nov. 3, 2015 - For many, the words extortion and blackmail bring forth images of Hollywood movies,
celebrities having illicit affairs and corporations trying to hide a wrongdoing. In today’s
world of Internet communications, Internet dating, and social networking, extortion and
blackmail can happen to anyone who discusses, admits, or posts a lapse in judgment or
their personal or financial issues over the Internet. More alarming, extortion and blackmail
can happen to innocent individuals whose personal information has been stolen as part
of a data breach.
CID Lookout: Protecting your social media accounts
March 2, 2015 - In January 2015, the Twitter and YouTube accounts of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)
were hacked and defaced. In February 2015 a Twitter account dedicated to military spouses
was hacked and defaced, and Newsweek’s Twitter account was also commandeered. In each case,
alleged violent extremist groups spewed threats and anti-U.S. rhetoric.
CID Lookout: Cybercriminals targeting USAA members
Feb. 6, 2015 - Recent crime reports reveal a social media fraud scheme targeting
United Services Automobile Association (USAA) members. The scheme
may target other groups or financial institutions because the techniques can be easily
adapted. With this in mind, special agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation
Command's Computer Crime Investigative Unit (CCIU) are strongly recommending that
anyone with a USAA account be wary if receiving communication on social media from
somebody claiming to be associated with USAA or another financial institution.
CID Lookout: How to Protect Your Identity Online
Dec. 11, 2014 - As a result of recent world events and a continual effort to protect the force, special agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Computer Crime Investigative Unit (CCIU) are strongly recommending that anyone affiliated with the U.S. military, review their social media accounts to make sure they are using the best security settings to protect their online profiles.
CID Lookout: Caution When Using myPay or No Pay Apps
Oct. 18, 2013 - The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, is warning the greater Army community about the potential dangers of using non-DOD sanctioned applications to access Defense Finance Accounting Services (DFAS) accounts.
CID Lookout: Protecting Your Online Identity
Sept. 30, 2013 - Now more than ever, Soldiers, Army civilians, and family members rely on the Internet to work, study, stay connected with family and friends, pay their bills orsimply unwind. For criminals, the Internet provides an endless stream of potential targets to be victimized.
CID Lookout: CID Warns of Social Networking, Dating Site Scams
July 30, 2013 - The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, continues to warn the greater Army community and the American public, to be vigilant of internet scams and impersonation fraud, especially within popular social networking and dating websites.
CID Lookout: On point in the War Against Sexual Assault
April 6, 2009 - The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) wants to reassure and remind
the Army community - Soldiers, leaders, family members and civilians, that sexual
assaults are investigated as serious crimes and that there are several ways to report
these crimes, and various agencies available to assist victims.