Honoring Veterans Through Fraud Protection

 

November is National Veterans and Military Families Month, and a great time to highlight ways to protect veterans from fraud. Veterans from rural and urban areas alike are targeted by scam artist. AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl says there are many ways scammers target veterans…

“Veterans honorably protect our country. But when they finish their service, con artists are waiting to steal their money, and benefits. For example, scammers like to approach veterans over 65 and offer to help them with pension benefits, including moving investments. But, they charge outrageous fees and their practices can make veterans ineligible for services like Medicaid.”

Likewise, supporters of veterans are targeted by scammers. Voskuhl says its important to verify charitable organizations that claim to support veterans if you’ve never heard of the organization before, or if their practices seem strange…

“Donating to a veterans charity is a noble thing. But, take the steps to ensure you’re not donating to a sham operation. Scammers are targeting donors to veterans charities, so be sure to ask questions if something feels off. Don’t feel pressured to give right away, because legit charities will welcome your donation anytime. And, if you’re offered a prize, that’s a good sign it’s a scam as the FTC says that’s an illegal practice.”

Voskuhl says AARP provides many resources to help veterans and their supporters…

“Our veterans dedicated their time to protecting our country. It’s important we take the time now to protect them. AARP has resources to help veterans to identify scams through the AARP Operation Protect Veterans and the Fraud Watch Network. Additionally, there are many other resources online focused on caregiving, work and jobs, and benefits for veterans.”

Learn more Thursday night at 9 pm Central Time on RFD-TV, or online at aarp.org/aarplive .