11/26/2013 5:55:00 AM Gift card scam targets veterans
If you receive a call from a marketer asking for personally identifiable information, such as credit card information, you can contact the FTC at (877) 382-4357 and file a complaint.
KINGMAN - The Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council has issued a warning about a scam targeting veterans.
A marketing company has acquired and is using two toll-free numbers that are similar to Veterans Benefits Administration toll-free numbers.
The marketer attempts to get callers to sign up for a Walmart gift card and asks for personally identifiable information, such as credit card information.
When asked if they are the VA, they reply vaguely and explain that the VA is very busy and the call was directed to them. They don't say they are the VA, but when asked if they can help with VA benefits, they say yes.
In addition, they even offer to transfer the call to the VA after the caller provides credit card information to get the free Walmart gift card.
This issue has been reported to the Office of the VA Inspector General and the Federal Trade Commission for review.
The two numbers identified in this alert are:
(800) 872-1000, which is close to the main number, (800) 827-1000; and
(888) 442-4511, which is close to the GI Bill number, (888) 442-4551.
The VA is not participating in any gift card promotions. Veterans should use caution when disclosing personal information, as it could be a fraudulent situation.
If you feel you have disclosed your personal information to an unauthorized individual, contact your credit card company and advise them of the situation, review transactions, and request that a new card number be issued.
A free credit report from the credit reporting agencies can be requested.
In addition, you should contact the FTC at (877) 382-4357 and file a complaint.