According to new reporting in Military Times, veterans are twice as likely to become victims of scams compared to the rest of the population.
A 2017 AARP survey found that 16 percent of U.S. veterans have lost money to scams. However, a whopping 78 percent have been targeted by scams designed specifically to exploit their military service service.
The holiday season, in particular is a prime time for scammers to begin plotting ways in which to perpetrate a fraud upon our servicemen and women. But take heart. There are many agencies that offer assistance for veterans who are victims of scams.
In 2017, AARP and the Postal Inspection Service launched the joint Operation Protect Veterans to warn them of the sophisticated schemes and scams out there and how they can avoid them. Try calling the veteran service organizations, the Senate Special Committee on Aging, or as Military Times suggests, visit the Postal Inspection Service’s website. There is also the federal government’s MilitaryConsumer.gov website.
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