Scammers certainly have no ethics when it comes to determining their victims. A new scam that is now appearing involves the spouse of a deployed soldier being contacted by an email indicating that the spouse needs to wire funds in order to cover the cost of luggage charges before the service member spouse can be approved for a temporary leave. This particular scam actually contains the name of real service members which indicates that there has been a breach of security somewhere in a data bank with information on military members and their spouses.
No matter how legitimate an email may look, it can be a forgery. In this particular instance, despite the fact that actual names are used, you should be skeptical of a military program pertaining to a leave that requires you to wire funds. If you have any questions you should contact the service member’s base in the United States to confirm that the message is a scam.