Stand Guard Against Veterans Scams

Stand Guard Against Veterans Scams

As we honor our former military personnel, Veterans Day is also a good time to recognize the year-round attempts to defraud them and to take advantage of those who appreciate their sacrifice and service.

In some scams, veterans are specifically targeted. In others, fraudsters impersonate active-duty or former soldiers or claim to be working on their behalf to con patriotic civilians. A rundown of common schemes:

Charity scams: Bogus charities that claim to benefit veterans are also among the most successful schemes, especially in duping older donors. (Other hot-button hoaxes include those that allegedly help disaster victims, sick children, and police and firefighters.) Although all types of charity scams tend to increase during the holiday season of giving, Veterans Day, along with Memorial Day, is prime time for swindles in the name of service personnel.

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