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Pentagon warns against bogus e-mails


The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), which manages accounting and financial operations in the Defense Department, has issued a warning about scam e-mails seeking personal information.

The bogus messages appear to come from a DFAS employee with a dot mil address and have been sent to uniformed personnel, retirees, and civilian employees.

“The emails indicate that individuals who are receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be able to obtain additional funds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS),” says a notice on the DFAS Web site.   “These emails are not issued by DFAS and will likely result in a financial loss if you comply with the suggestions in the email. 

“Bottom line — do not send your personal information or copies of your tax returns and 1099s to the individual listed in the email.”

The DFAS warning says the e-mail claims funds can be received from the IRS if the recipients send personal information, such as that on tax forms, “to a so-called retired Colonel at an address in Florida.”

“Do NOT follow the suggestions in the email because you will be providing a significant amount of your personal information to a complete stranger,” the notice continues, “which could result in a financial loss to you.”

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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