Operation Protect Veterans is a national effort to educate former and active service members about consumer fraud.
The Postal Inspection Service is reminding USPS employees about its efforts to protect veterans from scammers.
The Inspection Service and AARP joined forces last year for Operation Protect Veterans, a national initiative to warn former and active service members about scams.
Approximately 16 percent of U.S. veterans have lost money to fraudsters, compared to 8 percent of nonveterans, according to a study by the National Opinion Research Center, which is part of the University of Chicago.
The Inspection Service warns military veterans to beware of the following:
- Benefits deals that offer quick upfront buyouts of disability or pension payments
- Charities that claim to give funds to veterans or wounded service members
- Offers that charge veterans to access military records or government forms
- Scammers who claim to work for the Veterans Administration and call veterans to ask for their personal financial information