A recent AARP survey found that twice as many veterans are scammed as civilians. These scams can take many forms including fake employment opportunities, false charities, COVID-19 scams, or convincing veterans to sign over future income in exchange for a large lump sum payment.
Here is how veterans can be vigilant:
Don’t Give Personal Information: Don’t give any personal information over the phone. This includes credit cards, bank information, and Social Security numbers. You may receive a check-in from the VA by phone, email, or text, but if you doubt its legitimacy, verify by calling the VA at 1‑800‑827‑1000.
Don’t Feel Pressured: If you are dealing with a legitimate company, they will not pressure you to act before you have a chance to think it over.
Don’t Pay: If you have to pay upfront to get the job or your personal military records, it’s a scam.
Consult a Trusted Source: Discuss any financial decision with a trusted family member, friend, or your local veterans affairs office before acting.
Research and Get References: Always do your due diligence before you sign anything. Get references and ask questions. Verify information with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at https://www.va.gov/.
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