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Protecting Veterans from fraud


Learn more about common scams, protecting yourself, reporting fraud, and getting help

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Why this matters to you

The Federal Trade Commission estimated that in 2022 alone, Veterans reported $292 million in losses to fraud. Scammers continue to take advantage of new opportunities to commit fraud, and fraud attempts targeting Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors are on the rise.

This page is for


  • All Veterans
  • Family members and caregivers
  • Service members

What you can do

Fight back with knowledge about common scams targeting Veterans

Scammers often target Veterans because they have access to benefits and resources. Learn more about protecting yourself against common fraud schemes, including those related to claims and employment assistance.

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Employment scams may include business or job opportunities that use the illusion of prospects to manipulate or steal from you. This resource offers tips to help avoid common employment scams.

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Scammers are targeting Veterans by offering to provide claims assistance. Learn more about filing a claim with help from accredited attorneys, claims agents, and Veteran Service Officers.

Stories

Read the latest news about protecting yourself from fraud

These featured blog posts discuss employment, gaming, and tax scams and what you can do to avoid them, protect yourself.

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It’s no secret that job scams are on the rise, and Veterans are often the top targets. Although job scams are widespread, Veterans often report more significant financial losses. Why is that? Veterans are often targeted because they have access to benefits and resources. Business and job opportunity scams were among the Top 10 frauds reported to the Federal Trade Commission in 2022.

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As the video gaming industry has grown in recent years, predatory actors have found ways to target online gamers on dedicated platforms. According to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), American consumers spent nearly $57 billion on gaming in 2023, which includes hardware, software and in-game transactions, which have the potential to convert dollars to virtual currencies or other gaming assets.

Downloadable resources

Download valuable tips on protecting yourself from fraud attempts

These resources share important facts and tips to avoid scams, prevent fraud related to natural disasters and emergencies, and navigate gaming fraud.

Be Vigilant of Scams

Important facts on Veteran-targeted fraud and tips about fraud prevention, help, and reporting.

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Prevent Natural Disaster, Emergency Related Fraud

Tips on protecting yourself from housing scams after a natural disaster or emergency.

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Tips on navigating gaming fraud and safeguarding your experience.

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

For health care related fraud, contact the Veterans Health Administration, Office of Integrity and Compliance Helpline at (VHA-HELP).

For suspected VA Benefits fraud, call the VA Benefits Hotline at 1-.

For all non-Veteran Affairs-related fraud, reach out to the Federal Trade Commission. Phone: (877) FTC-HELP .

Imposter scams account for up to 40% of the total fraud reported by military members. For more information, visit AARP's blog on Top Scams Targeting Veterans

Tax season is a time for many to diligently manage finances. It’s also a period when scams and fraudsters are on the prowl, targeting unsuspecting individuals, including Veterans and their families. Learn more about staying vigilant against tax fraudulent activities.

Scammers may pressure you to act immediately to share sensitive information. Scammers pretend to be from an organization or person you know. They may use payments that are hard to trace like gift cards or electronic banking apps.

Resist the pressure to act immediately. Stop and talk to someone you trust. Protect your personal or financial information in response to a request that you didn’t expect, even if the caller has some of your personal information.

Activate multi-factor authentication on your accounts. Update your software. Do not click. More than 90% of successful cyber-attacks start with a phishing email. Use strong passwords. Vary your login information.

  • Stop all contact with the individual(s) who contacted you. 
  • Save all information or messages about the individual(s) who contacted you in case you need to take legal action. 
  • If you provided financial information, like your credit card number or bank account information, contact your bank or credit card company right away. They may be able to help you cancel the transaction or get your money back. 
  • If you sent funds via gift card or money transfer, report the scam to the issuer. They may be able to help you stop the transaction. 
  • If you provided personal information, like your Social Security number, you may be at risk for identity theft. Report identify theft and get a recovery plan at https://www.identitytheft.gov.
  • Keep an eye on your credit report and financial accounts for any unusual activity and consider placing a freeze on your credit.
     

VA Benefits

Apply for VA health care, find out how to access services, and manage your health and benefits online.

File a claim for disability compensation for conditions related to your military service, and manage your benefits over time.