AARP Veterans Fraud Center

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 12:15 PM CDT
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The following information was provided by AARP:

May is national Military Appreciation Month. And AARP recently launched the AARP Veterans Fraud Center, a new online education and resource center to help protect veterans, service members and their families against fraud. These crimes that target veterans and their families at an ever-increasing rate.

How big is the problem?

· According to an AARP survey, one in three military/veteran adults reported losing money to scams.

· Veterans, active-duty service members and their families are 40% more likely to lose money to scams and fraud than the civilian population.

· Veterans and military families lost more than $267 million in 2021, up from $102 million in 2020 (a 162% increase), according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The most common scams:

· Benefit Buyouts: Turning over U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pension and/or disability benefits for a supposed lump-sum payment that never materializes (47%).

· Fraudulent records scam: Demanding payment for updated personal military records (32%).

· The fake charitable giving request: Donating to fake veteran charities (32%).

Free resources in the AARP Veterans Fraud Center include:

· A new AARP Watchdog Alert Handbook: Veterans’ Edition, highlighting tips to detect the most common ways con artists target veterans and military families;

· The AARP Fraud Watch Network and Scam-Tracking Map; and

· Operation Protect Veterans—a joint program of the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

For more information on staying safe from fraud and scams, visit The AARP Fraud Watch Network is a free service to people of all ages from AARP.

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