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    Con Artists Target Veterans


    November 9, 2016

    Arkansans are gathering across our State Friday to honor America’s veterans and the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedoms, but scammers only see another opportunity to take advantage of people by tricking them out of their hard-earned money.

    Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to educate veterans and their families about popular scams and ways to spot them to avoid becoming a victim.

    “It is disgraceful that these criminals would target some of our bravest men and women who have put their lives on the line for this great country,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I want veterans across Arkansas to learn how to recognize these scams to avoid falling victim to the deception.”

    Attorney General Rutledge released the following list from AARP of popular scams that target military veterans:

    • VA phone calls: Scammers pose as Department of Veterans Affairs officials and call to “update” information in an attempt to get personal or financial information, including credit card numbers, to steal the veteran’s identity.
    • Benefit buyout scam: Sometimes veterans will want to take advantage of a benefit buyout plan, but always have an attorney review the terms of the plan beforehand because scammers could offer a lump sum that is only a fraction of the veteran’s actual future pension payments.
    • Impostor scam: Scam artists pose as soldiers about to be deployed or as family members of a service member killed in action and say they need to sell a vehicle or other large item quickly and will sell it for a cheap price. But once the scammer has the money, they disappear.

    Veterans and all consumers should remember to never wire money to someone you do not personally know and never give out banking information.

    Arkansas military service members, veterans and families can file consumer complaints with the Attorney General’s office on ArkansasAG.gov or by calling (800) 482-8982.

    For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or consumer@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.

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