Free Resources Identify Top Scams Facing North Carolina’s Military Community and Ways to Fight Back
RALEIGH—North Carolina’s nearly 725,000 military veterans and 100,000 active-duty service members are at risk of being targeted by scammers. Today, AARP launched the AARP Veterans Fraud Center, a new online education and resource center to help protect veterans, service members and their families against fraud.
According to an AARP survey, one in three military/veteran adults reported losing money to scams that are specifically trying to take advantage of the trust they have in the military community. Veterans, active-duty service members and their families are 40% more likely to lose money to scams and fraud than the civilian population. These individuals lost more than $267 million in 2021, up from $102 million in 2020 (a 162% increase), according to the Federal Trade Commission.
“Targeting scams at members of the military community is unconscionable,” said AARP North Carolina volunteer Retired Colonel Shirley Gerrior. “AARP has launched this effort to alert veterans and their families of the latest scams and how to avoid them,” she said.
Top scams aimed at veterans include:
Free resources in the AARP Veterans Fraud Center include:
Some top tips AARP’s Fraud Watch Network recommends include: signing up for the National Do Not Call Registry and using a call-blocking service; using strong and unique passwords for each online account; using two-factor authentication when available; and placing a free security freeze on credit reports at each of the three major credit bureaus. Also, veterans never have to pay for their service records or earned benefits—if told otherwise, it’s a scam.
AARP North Carolina also produces a Fraud Watch Alert series that sounds the alarm about prevalent scams to be on the lookout for that are targeting people in the state. The series can be viewed here.
To learn more about the AARP Veterans Fraud Center and to download a free copy of the new Watchdog Alert Handbook: Veterans’ Edition, visit www.aarp.org/vetsfraudcenter. For additional resources and information on AARP’s support for veterans and military families, including caregiving, competing in today’s job market, and connecting with earned service benefits, visit www.aarp.org/veterans.
This story is provided by AARP North Carolina. Visit the AARP North Carolina page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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