Veterans Targeted In New Phone Scam
Dec 22, 2020, 4:02 PM | Updated: 4:35 pm
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – State officials are warning veterans that a new scam is targeting them and their families.
The Utah Department of Military Affairs and Utah Division of Consumer Protection said a veteran’s spouse alerted them to the scam.
Officials said the scammers call veterans posing as a government employee and have the name of the person they are targetting. The caller asks for a donation or offers new benefits. They will ask for personal and financial information.
A new scam targeting military veterans and their families emerged recently in Utah. Learn more at https://t.co/sGThq5xCNE
— Utah.gov (@UtahGov) December 22, 2020
The release said the scam is easy to recognize because no government agency will ask for a donation to a charity in their official capacity and veteran benefits will never be offered in exchange for personal or financial information over the phone.
“Our veterans have already done so much for their communities, they deserve better. Scammers have no low they won’t stoop to in their schemes,” said Daniel O’Bannon, director of the Division of Consumer Protection. “Veterans and their families need to be wary to protect themselves.”
“It’s important that we remember that there are bad actors trying to scam our great veterans here in Utah. And remind our veteran community to be aware of those scammers during this time of year,” said Cory Pearson, veteran services deputy director of the UDVMA.
The Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs said you can call 801-326-2372 for more information.