government imposters are at it again, using the FTC’s name to try to con veterans into paying them for some service
or product. Whether it’s to clean up your credit report, give you a prize, resolve a complaint against you, or pay off
a debt you owe to the government, the scammers have created convincing lies to con veterans out of their money. The message
may be a call or an email, but it isn’t from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), or any other federal agency, even though
it may look “official.”
Here’s the key to recognizing
the con: If someone claiming to be a government employee asks you to send money to collect a prize or remove negative
information from your credit report, don’t do it. And don’t give them your personal or financial information.
Sophisticated Scam Targets Disabled Veterans
& Vets Applying for Disability Compensation
April 30, 2016
A highly sophisticated scam targeting veterans is making its way around the United States.
This new scam is targeting disabled veterans and the veterans applying for disability compensation. This
highly sophisticated scam makes use of new telephone technology that gives the impression the scammer is actually calling
from a veterans’ local VA Regional Office.
Here’s How it Works
caller pretends he/she is a VA official from the veterans nearby VA Regional Office. The caller, pretending
to be a rating official, or claims specialist, informs the veteran that he/she has been awarded 100 percent disability rating
as a result of military service-connected disabilities.
Then, the scammer will ask the veteran for a bank account number to which the scammer claims
to initiate monies owed to the veteran and will be automatically deposited into their account.
How Do Scammers
The scammer is fully aware of the veterans
full name, address at the time of the call, military branch served, dates of service, all making the guise seem plausible.
Granted, such information is easily accessible through various public records. Additionally, anyone who is computer literate
is able to obtain a large volume of information about almost anyone from Internet resources, including names of family members
and dates of birth. Also, new technology allows for anyone with the proper software to get even more information
on individuals simply by inputting their driver’s license into the right software.
Fortunately, the scammer does not possess information available
to the VA on any application for disability. Therefore, information such as a social security number, type
of disability, or primary care physician is not available to the scammer.
This scam seems to work particularly well on veterans who have applied for VA
disability or veterans working on getting an increase in compensation. When a scammer informs you that
$75,000 worth of back pay will soon be deposited into your bank account, many veterans simply become irrational thinkers,
and fall prey to this scam.
Where Are Scammers Hitting Pay Dirt?
living in areas with large veteran populations appear to be extremely vulnerable to this scam. Also, veterans
who use VA facilities appear vulnerable as well.
How to Avoid Scam
The VA nor any governmental entity will ever request or require
your financial information by telephone.
If you have a valid VA claim, you know the
VA agent with whom you filed your claim. You also have claim paperwork signed by an authorized representative of the Veterans
Administration. These are the folks with whom you should have contact.