To help mark National Consumer Protection Week, the Postal Inspection Service is offering USPS employees who served in the military tips to avoid common scams.
These scams include:
• The benefits buyout offer. Scammers take advantage of veterans in need by offering a quick, upfront buyout of future disability or pension payments, usually at a fraction of the value.
• The fake charitable giving request. Scammers make fraudulent claims about charitable giving that benefits veterans or wounded service members.
• Fraudulent records offer. Scammers try to charge veterans a fee to access military records or government forms. This information is available for free through local U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offices.
• The VA phishing scam. Scammers, who claim to work for the VA, call veterans to “phish” for Social Security numbers and personal financial information.
• The bogus employment scam. Scammers post fake job descriptions to collect personal information from a veteran’s job application or to charge an employment fee.
The Inspection Service is offering these tips through Operation Protect Veterans, a joint national campaign with the AARP Fraud Watch Network to highlight vet-related scams and fraud schemes.