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Scheme Targets Veterans Through Fake VA Hotline

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    NEWSLETTERS

    There’s a new scam out there that is going after veterans using a phony Veterans Choice Program phone number. (Published Friday, May 19, 2017)

    The Veterans Choice Program allows eligible vets to use approved health care providers who are outside of the Veterans Affairs Department system.

    Veterans and their family members can call the VCP’s toll-free number to verify their eligibility for the program. Scammers, though, have set up a fake telephone line that’s almost identical to the real one, hoping to trick vets.

    Here’s how it works: callers think they’ve reached the VCP. The fake line’s message states that the caller is entitled to a rebate after providing a credit card number.

    There is no rebate, though. If you give up your account information, they’ll debit your account and you’ll get nothing.

    So here are Samantha Chatman’s Solutions:

    • If there's a miscellaneous charge, call your bank and cancel your card.
    • The real number for the veterans choice program: 866-606-8198.
    • If you're ever unsure, check the VA's website for the real number and try again.