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New Scam Targeting Pensions & Benefits
January 12, 2017

Law enforcement authorities warn of a new scam targeting the pension and benefits of U.S. veterans that puts their Medicaid eligibility at risk.

The scam bilks veterans out of their money by conning them into transferring their assets into a special trust account before having them wrongfully apply for extra allocations, and special programs.

Here’s how the new scam works:

  • Initially, the scam artists reach out to veterans posing as attorneys or financial advisers offering to help veterans with their pension allocations.
  • After securing permission to work with the veteran, the scam artists attempt to convince veterans to put their assets into trust accounts or to make investments into certain insurance products.
  • The scam artists explain that the “asset reallocation,” will allow the veteran to qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

According to VA officials, this is not true and in fact, will cause the veteran to be ineligible for Medicaid and other health care benefits programs.

The scammers charge enormous fees for their bogus advice, ranging from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.

Veterans must remember, it is free for them to apply for benefits, and many veterans organizations will help with the lengthy and complicated paperwork.

If you feel you have been a victim of this scam please contact local law enforcement or the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP.

  

Sophisticated IRS Scam Targeting Veterans
March 17, 2017

A very aggressive and highly sophisticated IRS telephone scam is currently targeting veterans and seniors. The scam has been reported as existing throughout the United States.  Veterans beware!  Here’s what to look out for:

The scammers will contact veterans and seniors claiming to be from the IRS.  The scammers are using fake IRS ID badge numbers, fake names, and bogus telephone caller ID numbers to make it look as if the IRS is actually calling.  Reportedly, the scammers have a lot of information on the veterans and seniors they contact, in an attempt to appear legitimate.

The scammers are informing veterans and seniors they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid immediately by way of a wire transfer or a pre-loaded debit card.  If the scammers face resistance, veterans and seniors are told they will be jailed within 24-hours, and they will lose their business license or driver’s license.  The hostile and aggressive nature of the scam also involves scammers informing veterans and seniors that their bank accounts will be seized, unless they voluntarily pay back the debt owed to the IRS.

Veterans are being scammed in record numbers by the level of sophistication of this current scam.  Somehow, the scammers have information regarding a veterans disability status.  Because these scammers have an enormous amount of information on their potential victims, the scammers are informing veterans they have been overpaid in compensation by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the overpayment must be paid back immediately or the veteran will lose compensation benefits permanently.

 

Where Did The Scammers Get My Personal Information?
 

The IRS maintains there has been a 500% surge in phishing and malware events, where scammers are tricking potential victims into clicking and downloading email information.  When an unsuspecting veteran clicks on a link they are taken to a website that looks exactly like the official IRS website.  Veterans, believing they are on an official government website, are asked to provide personal information, which scammers use later to manipulate and cheat their potential victims.

The IRS is reporting that such websites may carry malware which allows scammers to gain access to all files on your computer.  Some malware will track your key strokes to gather information from the potential victim.

 

Keep In Mind

  • The IRS will never call you to demand immediate payments via wire transfer or debit card.
  • The IRS will never threaten to have you jailed by local law enforcement.
  • The IRS will never demand that you pay taxes without first giving you the opportunity to appeal
    The IRS will never ask for credit card or debit card information over the telephone.


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