Veterans: Empowered to fight fraud

Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. Despite the nation’s gratitude to these heroes, there are some who would lie to make a buck off them.

Con artists target veterans and servicemembers for scams and rip-offs. Some scammers stretch the truth to get at veterans’ pensions or prey on the desire to support veterans’ organizations by lying to get charitable donations. Veterans looking to use their education benefits may feel pressured to pay for education programs that waste their benefits and do them no good.

To help avoid these pitfalls, the FTC’s Consumer Center has articles on managing your money, handling credit and debt, avoiding scams, and recovering from identity theft. Check out the FTC’s page for Military Families to get these consumer resources.

The FTC also joined with its partners to create Military Consumer, a one-stop site with tips and tools from federal and state agencies, consumer groups, and military organizations to help servicemembers, veterans and their families empower themselves against scammers. Visit Military.ncpw.gov for free resources to put together an event, to distribute in your community, or share on your site, blog, and social media networks. Empower veterans you know and their families with information — it’s the first line of defense.

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I report all instances of fraudulent emails and phone calls from unsolicited suspicious addresses.

On phone calls, I first warn them that they are in violation of the law.
If I receive a second email/phone call from the same location, I report it to the F.T.C.

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As a veteran I'd just like to say I applaud the many things coming from the VA over the last several months even though I am not disbled for any known service diseases. My doctor suspects my COPD is duty related but I was turned down flatly in the typical adversary relationship that is the VA. I was told I had no boots on ground even though I walked in Thailand, Okinawa, Philippines, DaNang, and one place I cannot recall the name. They did it by asking me to provide paperwork I never heard of and didn't have, even though I know for a fact from my VA rep (who also thinks it was unfair) the VA has a lot more information about me than I could ever dream of. It was quite a slap in the face about having served in the Tonkin Gulf im the 60's.

The REAL reason for my submitting this is to tell you that your use of Captcha code as it is, presents a roadblock to many of us who have eyesight problems and visual problems from a concussion I received.
There are better, and even more effective ways to secure things and Captcha, which is easily hacked these days, is NOT the right method. Recaptcha is slightly better but not much.
Please consider making these changes; I routinely avoid this sort of captcha.

Keep this up. I share this with family & friends. You may want to put sign-up link on these alerts.

Thanks for this Alerts, it is sad the Vetrans are even targeted by Scammmers.
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Sad even Vetrans are targeted, thank you ringing this Alert to us

No Veterans benefits or credit history, or pension should be scammed by any one, or affected it should be monitored by the federal government.

all Veterans rights should be protected.

Sadly our rights are not protected. I reported something to VA to investigate instead the investigator ignored the problem advocated for the other people. "Well sorry but this is what they said" is all I got. Absolutely no investigation at all. I had tons of proof.

It is definitely a shame to try to scam our veterans but, I guess it happens and these people just don't care who they prey on. So much of it on the internet and it doesn't help the internet to have a good experience.

Thanks for this alert. I was also victimized by a college scam. Grantham U and I am sure many more admissions rep. use per-enrollment scam to vets into school for one term in order to get commission pay knowing that the student / veteran does not qualify. When the term is done the student is notified and instead of dropping the class, they expunged the term as if it never happened, which leaves the veteran in debt with VA. The entire time the admissions rep will you nothing like this will happen and then ignore your desperate emails for help.

ALSO LOOK OUT FOR THE PHONY ONES AT THE ENTRANCE OF OUR MAJOR RETAILERS ASKING FOR DONATIONS! SOME ARE LIGIT, SOME ARE PHONY.

Thank you! You've inspired us to make this the focus of our next newsletter, and we will be sure to highlight the Military Consumer resource.

CPHO

a few seconds ago
I got a call from this number and the Guy said he was Jason Bravo a senior offcer from crime investigation unit with the IRS....he stated that he was reading me an afidavid an I would be arrested shortly. He continued to say that was being charged with various federal crimes that I was clueless about.

I got this message call today twice that I am in an IRS criminal offense from a JASON BRAVO Indian Accent stating that he is from the criminal investigation bureau of (IRS). If I don't call them back I will be arrested Im not calling either. He continued to say that I was being charged with various federal crimes that I was clueless about.
Telephone number: 1281-936-9256 get them.

Caller: Claims they from criminal Investigation Bureau in IRS

Call Type: Telemarke

Caller: Claims they from criminal Investigation Bureau in IRS

Call Type: Telemarketer

"Veterans Relief Network" is a scam. Their number comes up as (214)446- 0230 (Dallas, TX). They are actually not affiliate with the VA or ANY Veterans Non-Profit group but instead are tied exclusively to loan servicing. They are predatory in nature.

I received a call tonight asking for a pledge for disabled veterans. It turned out to be a scam. 646-257-2941 was the number and I don't know to whom I should report this. My husband and father served in the military and I find this particularly offensive. any suggestions would be appreciated.

File a complaint at Consumer Sentinel/Military.  The FTC collects complaints from military personnel and their families to share with civil, criminal and military law enforcement. Your complaints help the FTC and the Department of Defense identify and target problems that affect you. Find more information for military families on many consumer topics here.

Just asking how does one go about a veteran that false documents to get veteran disability.Fake document to increase disability.He a veteran of the Gulf War in 1990 but he was in the Navy.He saw no action.He got help because he was arrested for drugs third time.He got the help he needed but he got greedy.Taking from the soldiers that really need it that not cool just to support his drug rabbit that a big no no.Just asking what site to go to.Can you help.

You can file a complaint at Consumer Sentinel/Military.  The FTC collects complaints from military personnel and their families to share with civil, criminal and military law enforcement. Your complaints help the FTC and the Department of Defense identify and target problems that affect you. Find more information for military families on many consumer topics here.

 

Military support riders dot org is a fraud. The owner John blocker is a vet but he has been asking for donations for over 9 years and has done nothing for anyone. It is a scam just like their school,club,VA center...it is a joke.

Amikas House in San Diego is a fraud. They house female vets and kids in horrible abandoned properties and keep all the good donations for themselves. They call you crazy and walk all over you. VA would not investigate.

Just received call from a Jack Tate of the Delegate Group stating that he was reading my rights and that I have two complaints that are being filed with the courts for me taking out a pay day loan and not repaying it I disputed that this was me he stated that I was in the military and that he was calling CO I advised him to do so, I called to verify the phone number and information he stated that I was dishonorably discharged NOT!!! I served with honor during my career then he went on to say that a warrant would be issued for my arrest unless I paid the complaints. I hung up after advising him of my rights under the law, requested written notification caller started yelling at me and stating they will see me in court I hung up. If you receive call from 772-236-0003 it's a scam don't answer just report them to the FTC.

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