Vets warned about scam

By From page A3 | November 27, 2013

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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Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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  • Blanca BotwinNovember 27, 2013 - 6:19 am

    Hmmm. I wonder if this is who called me last week? It was a NY number, but when I googled it, it said something about the VA.

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  • General Fadi BasemNovember 27, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    Blanca, don't rely too much on that information that you received. Try googling "ip spoofing" and then after you understand what you read there google "caller ID spoofing" for a more complete picture. More complete, not totally complete. Competent internet criminals can disguise their IP locations making a quick IP address inquiry unusable except for idle chat. Competent telephone criminals can do the same just as easily.

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