Veterans and employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have been targeted by scammers recently.

Veterans and employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have been targeted by scammers recently.
Scammers have attempted to trick veterans and VA employees into supplying sensitive information via fraudulent Post Office notifications.
On Dec. 6, the U.S. Department of Defense posted a warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans.
A marketing company purchased telephone numbers differing by one number from the V.A. National Call Center at 800-827-1000, and the VA GI Bill Call Center at 888-442-4551.
Callers who misdialed these numbers were offered gift cards in exchange for personal and financial information, including credit card numbers.
The DOD reported some of the callers, after supplying this information, were transferred to the correct number they had been trying to reach in the first place.
Diane Henderson, interim public affairs officer at the Wichita Regional Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs, said  a lot of scammers also will call asking for a donation for the V.A.
“We will never ask for a donation,” Henderson said.
Henderson said the biggest technique used for scamming veterans and their families was people calling on the telephone.
“I’ve had people tell me that they got this phone call that made the hairs on their neck stand up,” Henderson said. “We had a person who said they were called, and the person told them they knew their husband had been in the hospital recently, and would you like to make a donation?”
Henderson said the VA will never ask for personal information.
Those who suspect they have been the target of a personal or financial information scam should contact local law enforcement and report the incident. Those who have been approached to make donations to the VA should report the occurrence to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
To contact the Wichita Regional Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs, call 1-800-827-1000.