Member Alert: Top Scams Targeting Veterans!
AARP’s Fraud Watch Network is warning veterans of scams and phishing attacks that mimic the names of legitimate organizations helping veteran and military families. Shore to Shore wants to make sure you are aware of these scams and how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Common scams and tricks you should look out for:
Phony ads –
- A person may claim to be a deploying service member and post a large ticket item on a classified ad website. This ad claims the person needs to sell right away and at a steep discount. Be aware especially if the scammer asks for upfront payment with a wire transfer or gift cards.
- Look out for fake rental properties on a classified ad website offering military discounts, but requires a wire transfer up front to the landlord.
- Be suspicious any time you are asked to wire funds or pay with gift cards!
Bogus charities –
- Always research charities, even if they reference the Armed Forces, veterans or military families, before donating money. You can use www.give.org or http://www.charitynavigator.org/ to find out more on non-profit organizations.
- Don’t be fooled by people that offer cash in exchange for future benefits. Scams will target veterans in need of money by offering cash in exchange for their future disability or pension payments.
Dubious phishing scams –
- Know that the VA will never call, text or e-mail you to update your information. Scams will claim to be from the Department of Veterans Affairs to "update" your information and then steal your identity. Only work with VA-accredited representatives when dealing with VA benefits; you can search for them online at the VA Office of General Counsel website.
If you feel you may have fallen victim to this phishing attempt, contact the proper authorities as soon as possible to make a report.
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