FAIRFIELD — Veterans need to be wary of a telemarketing company that is using two toll-free numbers that are very similar to the Veterans Benefits Administration and is trying to get veterans’ personal identity information that includes credit card information in return for a free Walmart gift card, according to a waning put out by Solano County Veteran Services Officer Ted Puntillo.
When asked if they are Veterans Affairs, the marketer replies vaguely and says that the VA is very busy and that the call was directed to them, according to the warning that Puntillo is passing on to local veterans. The marketer even offers to transfer the call to the VA after the caller provides the credit card information.
The scam has been reported to the Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Trade Commission. The VA does not participate in any gift card promotions.
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