Scammers pretend they’re from a government agency such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, IRS, or Medicare saying you (or a family member) are in trouble for any number of reasons: you owe, your personal information has been compromised, there are changes to your benefits, etc. The scammer will ask for your personal information or payment information to “fix” the situation.
What a scammer might say:
Your VA profile has been flagged for possible benefit changes in the VA program. These are time sensitive opportunities, please respond immediately.
Urgency: They’re requesting immediate action from you to “fix” the situation.
Asking for personal information: Once they have you on the line, this impersonator will surely ask for things like your Social Security number to “verify your identity” or to make these “changes.”
Unusual payment methods and fake fees: Your benefits have been earned — they aren’t something you will lose the opportunity to access.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Contact the official agency, in this case, the VA. They are the only ones who can legitimately deal with benefits, and any theoretical benefit changes. If you need assistance dealing with the VA or other benefits, consider a veteran support organization who can help you navigate