Saturday, November 23, 2013

VA Warns of Fraud


Our friends at the National Association of Uniformed Services have alerted us to a potentially harmful situation:
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The VA alerted NAUS this week about a new scam aimed at veterans.


FRAUD ALERT:  Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center.  A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit.  If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller.  The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller’s information is obtained.  Note that VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. 

Before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are taking to.


The correct numbers to call are:

VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000

VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551


VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation.  Please pass this information along to other veterans you know.


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Our thanks to the good folks at NAUS for this info!

Let’s be careful out there!

VNVets

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