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Scam Alert: One wrong digit leads veterans to scammers

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - A new scam is targeting veterans who are reaching out for help.  
    
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a fraud alert on its Facebook page.  The department says a phone scam is going after veterans trying to call the National and GI Bill call centers.

According to the alert, the con artists have set up numbers that are one digit off the call center phone numbers, in hopes people calling in make a mistake. A mistake the scammers use to offer a gift card to get veterans to hand over their personal information. The alert says the scammers may even transfer the caller to the official Veteran’s Affair’s phone number after they get that personal information.

"When veterans have a need that is the worst time to take advantage of them; because, they really need the help and they wouldn't call if they didn't. It angers me that people would treat veterans that way," said Army veteran Jim Skipper.

The VA says it will never ask for a banking information or credit card information over the phone.

Here are the numbers to avoid are as follows:
800-872-1000 (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)
888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551)
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