How you can fight back with knowledge of common scams against Veterans
Protect yourself from financial fraud
30 seconds • April 6, 2023
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Understanding Veteran Fraud prevention
Frequently asked questions
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.
Scammers may pressure you to act immediately or 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 pretending to be 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 might be able to help you stop the transaction. Find their contact information by visiting their website.
- 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.
Our fraud prevention tip sheet is available in Spanish and Tagalog.
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