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    VA Issues Warning about Marketing Company

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued notice that a marketing company has acquired and is using two toll free numbers which are VERY SIMILAR to VBA toll free numbers. The marketer is trying to get callers to sign up to receive a Wal-Mart gift card, and is asking for PII, including 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 if 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 the credit card information to get the free Wal-Mart gift card.
    This issue has been reported to the Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Trade Commission for review. The two numbers identified in this alert are:

    1-800-872-1000, which is very close to VBA main number of 1-800-827-1000; and

    1-888-442-4511, which is very close to the GI-Bill number of 1-888-442-4551.

    The VA recommends that veterans who feel they have disclosed personal information to an unauthorized individual should immediately contact their credit card companies to advise them of the situation, review transactions, and request that a new card number be issued. Veterans can request a free credit report from credit reporting agencies. In addition, the VA requests that veterans contact the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 and file a complaint.


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  • #2
    Re: Important For You Veterans - VA Issues Warning about Marketing Company

    Thanks Eddie.
    Carve On,
    Kadiddle

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    • #3
      Re: Important For You Veterans - VA Issues Warning about Marketing Company

      Thanks.

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      • #4
        Re: Important For You Veterans - VA Issues Warning about Marketing Company

        Thanks Eddie, I for one never give out any information
        about Veteran status to anyone, however there are
        a few Veterans around that I will pass on this important
        information, as always.
        Oscar

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        • #5
          Re: Important For You Veterans - VA Issues Warning about Marketing Company

          As we get older and more befuddled, it easy to get confused. If the guys are forewarned up front then perhaps they'll be more prepared if they run across the scam.

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          • #6
            Re: Important For You Veterans - VA Issues Warning about Marketing Company

            Thanks for the Heads up Eddy. Merle

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