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Friday, July 27, 2012

Scam Alert: Veteran Benefits Scam

King 5’s Get Jesse did a great job this week bringing to light scams targeting veterans.

Scam artists are targeting veterans claiming that they can help them get instant eligibility or additional benefits for a fee. In many cases, this turns out to be a scam.

In fact, many of the services these scammers charge for are offered free of charge by local veteran associations.

If you're a vet, here's what else you should know:
  • Don't be fooled by official-sounding names. Many scam artists falsely claim they have a veteran affiliation and nonprofit status.
  • Be wary of organizations and individuals who contact you unsolicited.
  • Get credible information on how to qualify for veterans benefits by contacting the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs at or 1-800-562-0132