How to spot potential scams aimed at veterans

Posted at 6:38 PM, Jul 04, 2018

The men and women who serve our country do so much to protect us, so this Independence Day, ABC15 is taking action to protect them against scammers who prey on our nation's veterans.

Veteran Charities

Just because a charity claims to help vets doesn't mean you can trust them. Even the most well-meaning may not be managed well, and some are out and out scams.

So before giving, check where the charity spends your money.

Start with BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Guidestar, Charity Watch and Charity Navigator.

They analyze the efficiency of charities spending, fundraising, and program costs. If the agency you’re considering is not on their radar, find one that is.


Military Records

You don’t have to pay for yours or your relative’s military records. The National Archives provides them for free. So if you get a call wanting you to pay; hang up, and head to the website. Be sure to have information like branch and service number.


Veterans Job Scam

Your skills are in demand and scammers know it. If you go to a job posting site and are asked for money, it’s a scam. 

If an employer emails you a check, it’s a scam. If you’re told to buy a Green Dot or gift card for expenses, it’s a scam. It’s a US Department of Labor site that specifies industries that need workers, what training you will need and where to apply. 

If you’re looking for a job, check out Mynextmove.orgAARP has warnings about additional scams here.