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Camp Lejeune Marines learn to avoid scams and ripoffs

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -

Scams targeting military members are the rise.

That's according to state attorney general Ray Cooper who was in Jacksonville Wednesday to give tips on avoiding scams.

Dozens of Camp Lejeune Marines came out for a consumer protection information session on base.

The attorney general's office gave them practical tips to avoid becoming a victim, like never send your social security number by email and don't share passwords with other people.

Cooper says the Consumer Protection Bureau has received nearly 35 hundred complaints from military personnel last year nationwide.

Some of those who came to the session have personal experience being ripped off.

"I paid money to a local car shop and I was expecting work to get done, and when I returned from my deployment, nothing was done," said Sgt. Jonathan Tantinarawat, a Camp Lejeune Marine.

Cooper says if you believe you're the victim of a scam, immediately file a police report and contact the attorney general's office.

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