WASHINGTON, DC – According to an AARP survey, veterans are twice as likely to fall victim to scammers as the population at large. As this Sunday marks the start of National Consumer Protection Week, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and its Operation Protect Veterans campaign want all veterans and their loved ones to be aware of the free resources and advice available here: www.OperationProtectVeterans.com
· Information on Current/Recurring Scams: Veterans can keep up to date on the latest scams targeting them, including the “secret” veteran benefits, benefits buyout and VA loan scams.
· Dos and Don’ts: Get quick tips on what, and what not to do in order to prevent becoming the next victim of a scammer.
· Report a Scam: Quickly find ways to report if you or someone you know has been victimized.
· Downloadable and Printable Information: Download and print important information on scams targeting veterans that you or a loved one can use.
Created by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and AARP, Operation Protect Veterans is a national campaign designed to support and educate our veterans.
“Given the special friendship and trust veterans have for each other, scammers know they are a very lucrative target,” said U.S. Postal Inspection Service Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale. “That’s the reason Operation Protect Veterans is so important. Veterans have given us so much, and it’s now our duty to ensure they are informed of, and protected against those who would take their life savings, homes and worse.”
About the U.S. Postal Inspection Service: The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. It supports and protects the U.S. Postal Service and its employees, infrastructure and customers; it enforces the laws that defend the nation’s mail system from illegal or dangerous use; and it ensures public trust in the mail. Over 2,400 postal inspectors, postal police, technical and administrative people are spread out over 17 divisions and the national headquarters in Washington. For more information, visit here.