Veterans Targeted in Benefits Scams - Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System


Veterans Targeted in Benefits Scams

Scam Alert

Veterans Targeted in Benefits Scams, according to the FCC.

By Federal Communications Commission
Friday, November 22, 2019

U.S. veterans who receive calls or recorded messages claiming to be from "veterans services" should have their guard up. 

According to reports by the Leader-Herald in Saratoga Springs, NY, and KARE11, an NBC station in Minneapolis, scam callers are attempting to elicit financial and other personal information from veterans. Callers may tell vets there is a new type of veterans benefit related to home loans. The reports say the scammers use caller ID spoofing to deceive their intended victims.

The scammers often leave voice messages, following a script that goes something like this: Your VA profile was flagged for two potential benefits to the changes in the VA program. These are time sensitive entitlements. Please call us back at your earliest convenience.

The voicemail includes a fraudulent call-back number for "veterans services." Potential victims who call the number are offered "benefits," such as loan modifications to their mortgages, then asked for personal information, including social security numbers, dates of birth and bank account numbers.

Scammers who gain access to such information can use it to steal money from bank accounts or credit cards, or sell the information to other bad actors for use in identity theft fraud.

Other recurring phone scams preying on veterans include the "Update Your Military File" scam, the "Veteran Charity" scam and the "Veterans Choice Program" scam, according to an article in Forbes.

An AARP article about veterans scams reports nearly 80 percent of veterans they surveyed reported being targeted by scams related to their military service.

If you get a call that offers any of the above "services," hang up immediately. If you get a voice message, write down the callback number and contact law enforcement to report the scam. Also, file a complaint with the FCC at

Any unexpected calls requesting personal or financial information should always raise a red flag.

Learn more about how to recognize avoid caller ID spoofing, phone scams, and unwanted robocalls or robotexts.

Learn more at Federal Communications Commission.


Get Updates

Subscribe to Receive
Email Updates