December 3, 2017
You’ve probably heard about love scams, IRS scams, and scams that swindle the elderly out of their life savings. Now, there’s a new scam on the rise: con artists are targeting military veterans and extorting money from them.
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Dr. Phil, along with AARP fraud expert Doug Shadel, offer vital information to avoid becoming the victim of this scam.
“We’ve identified 12 other scams that specifically target vets just because they’re veterans,” Shadel tells Dr. Phil on Monday’s episode. He explains that vets are common targets because it’s easy to find a database of thousands of veterans, and because of patriotism – con artists claim to be vets as well and bond with their victims.
To combat the growing problem of scams targeting vets, AARP has joined with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to launch Operation Protect Veterans, making the public aware of what to watch for.
In the video above, Shadel explains some of the most popular scams targeting vets.