AARP and U.S. Postal Service team up to stop scams targeting veterans

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - In this day and age, pretty much everyone has received an email or phone call that ends up being a scam.

Some are obvious, but others can be pretty deceiving.

Unfortunately, many of the sneakiest consumer fraud schemes are directed at our nation's military veterans -- including even disabled veterans.

Amy Nofziger of the AARP Fraud Watch Network was on First News at Four to talk about a project meant to Protect Veterans and their families.

She talked about how AARP, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are teaming up on Operation Protect Veterans -- a national campaign to reduce the number of veterans who are swindled by con artists.

According to the AARP, there several types of scams:

- Benefits buyout scam: Scammers offer an upfront payment of cash in exchange for a veteran's future disability or pension payments. These buyouts are typically a fraction of the value of the benefit.

- VA phishing: Scammers call veterans claiming they work for the VA and ask for personal information to update their records. If you get an unsolicited call from the VA, hang up.

- Special deals for veterans scam: Scammers offer special discounts for veterans on a range of products, like loans and car purchases. Often, the products aren't discounted at all, or they don't actually exist. Check out offers carefully, and never wire money to someone you don't know.

You can find more examples of scams by visiting AARP's website listed in the Related Links section.

If you're a veteran who's been contacted by a scammer or know someone else who has been, share your story at protectveterans@aarp.org or call 1-855-800-9023.