10 Aug '18, 6pm

Scam alert: Exchange warns military shoppers of impostor retailer

A retailer going by the name “Exchange Inc.” is attempting to dupe military shoppers into big-ticket purchases but has no relationship to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, AAFES said in a Wednesday announcement . Scammers have operated as Exchange Inc. to broker the sales of vehicles and vehicle parts, AAFES said in the announcement. It’s not a new scam, officials said, but it’s recently branched out to include the sale of boat engines. Some ways to tell whether you’re dealing with an exchange impostor: AAFES isn’t allowed to sell vehicles in the continental U.S. If you’re buying a vehicle stateside, you’re not buying from the exchange . The scammers frequently request payment via untraceable, generally unrefundable methods, such as third-party gift cards like Google Play cards. The transaction comes via a classified ad or a resale website. AAFES only operates on in...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-air-force/2018/08...

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