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6/1/07-Tyler

East Texas Red Cross Warning Not To Fall For Military Scam

The caller poses as a representative of the Red Cross telling the spouse their wife or husband has been hurt.

And to start treatment, their personal information like social security and date of birth is needed.

The Smith County chapter of the Red Cross says it's all a scam. Typically the Red Cross does not initiate a call to military families and it's also unlikely they'll ask for personal info.

"In the majority of cases we do not call the family to get personal information. It saddens me and it so disheartens me to know people for their own personal gain to scam a non-profit," says Susan Campbell with the Smith County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Another important note: if a military relative is ever injured on duty, the Department of Defense will contact families directly.

The Red Cross does not report any type of casualty information to family members.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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