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Straight Talk: Beware impostors offering veteran programs

The Alliance Review

Better Business Bureau serving Canton Region and Greater West Virginia offers tips and advice for consumers to avoid fraudulent practices.

As a veteran, navigating government programs and benefits can be complicated. Scammers know this – and take full advantage of it. has received numerous reports of con artists who pretend to represent the government and target veterans with promises of special grants or other programs. If you or a family member is a veteran, stay alert to this common scam.

How the scam works

Scammers generally contact veterans via phone, email, or messaging apps like Facebook Messenger. They claim to be representing a special government program for veterans. This alleged program may be loan forgiveness, mortgage aid, or even a "grant" meant to pay living expenses.


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