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AARP, postal inspectors warn about veteran-specific scams

| Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service have launched Operation Protect Veterans to warn people who have served in the military that they face veteran-specific scams.

An October survey of 1,355 people including 610 veterans found 16 percent of veterans had lost money to scammers compared to 8 percent of nonveterans, according to the Fraud Watch Network.

“While veterans are bombarded by the same scam pitches we all receive, our research found that they're also under special attack by a number of additional scams tailored just for them,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins.

About 80 percent of the veterans surveyed said they have encountered veteran-specific scams.

The scams take advantage of veterans' camaraderie and desire to help service members and fellow veterans, according to the survey. The site includes a list of common types of scams that target veterans.

The Fraud Watch Network has created a Veterans edition of its Watchdog Alert Handbook, and the network and government agency are distributing printed materials in post offices and AARP's state offices as well as contacting veterans by phone.

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