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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. BBB.org/ScamTracker 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.