CHICAGO, IL — The U.S. Postal Inspection Service wants to help protect veterans from scammers whether by phone, mail, text, or internet. Together with the AARP Fraud Watch Network, the Inspection Service recently launched Operation Protect Veterans, a national campaign to warn former and active service members about scams.
An Event Co-sponsored by the Postal Inspection Service, is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 beginning at 9:00 am at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center at 820 South Damen Avenue. RSVP to: aarp.cvent.com/OperationProtectVeterans or by calling 1-877-826-8300. Walk-ins are welcome and there is no charge.
Approximately 16 percent of U.S. veterans have lost money to fraudsters, compared to 8 percent of nonveterans, according to a new study by the National Opinion Research Center, a research organization at the University of Chicago.
The Postal Inspection Service is warning military veterans to be wary of the following:
- Benefits deals that offer quick upfront buyouts of disability or pension payments
- Charities that claim to give funds to veterans or wounded service members
- Offers that charge veterans to access military records or government forms
- Scammers who claim to work for the Veterans Administration and call veterans to ask for their personal financial information
Operation Protect Veterans is part of National Consumer Protection Week, an annual campaign to help consumers guard themselves against fraud. This year’s campaign runs from Sunday, March 4-Saturday, March 10.
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