However in a second video, Lisa Lange, Senior VP of Communications for PETA, said the video's purpose was to tell the story of big circus cats, who are abused, using Rufus.PETA has been accused of faking animal abuse in a new video (pictured) that Mashable says was meant to 'deceive viewers'.Hoax websites often contain misspelled words and punctuation and grammatical errors, and often ask for private information such as an email address and password, officials said.CID officials recommend that Army personnel and family members avoid the website and do not respond to any emails from the website.The disturbing video was created using computer generated imagery (CGI) and shows a cat being struck multiple times by its owners'What you see happening to Rufus, is what happens to animals in the circus.This is really the story of the circus big cat told through Rufus' story,' Lange said.Anyone who has had contact with the website should stop immediately, officials maintain.
The purpose of the fraudulent site is to collect soldiers' Army Knowledge Online, or AKO, email accounts and passwords, officials said. CID officials strongly recommend that soldiers, Army civilians, retirees and family members avoid the website and ignore any information or claims posted on it.
They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.
Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.
They also recommend deleting suspicious or unsolicited emails immediately, without response.
Most online scam attempts are easily recognizable, officials said, because they usually involve unsolicited emails or text messages.