Scammers Set Up Impostor Phone Line to Steal Credit Card Info from Veterans

The fake phone number is the almost the same as that of the Veterans Choice Program

Scammers Set Up Impostor Phone Line to Steal Credit Card Info from Veterans
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May 12, 2017

Consumers should be wary of a scam that is trying to take advantage of veterans who misdial a phone number. The number, which is to the Veterans Choice Program phone line, is often misdialed and scammers are taking advantage of vulnerable veterans who believe they have reached the correct place.

Correct vs Fake number

The fake phone number is almost a perfect match to the real number. The only difference is in the area code: the correct program number is (866) 606-8198. The fake number begins 800.

Asks for credit card

Unlike the program line, the scam line doesn't provide any information about the Veterans Choice Program or its eligibility criteria. Instead, it pretends to offer a $100 rebate in exchange for the caller's credit card number.

Spotting the wrong number

There are a couple of ways in which consumers can tell that they've called the wrong number:

  • The correct phone line will automatically play a message stating that the caller has reached the "U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs," while the scammer will state that callers have reached the "Veterans Choice Program" when asked if they are the VA.
  • The VA never asks veterans for their financial information, nor does it offer this kind of financial incentive over the Choice Program's phone line.