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Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined with AARP Kentucky to launch Mission Veterans Protected to help reverse the high rate of veterans, servicemembers and military families being targeted and falling victim to scams. The mission is part of Beshear's Scam Alerts program, which launched in 2016. To sign up for Scam Alerts, click here.

Veterans and their families are now provided online and in-person resources to help them combat the findings in a recent study by AARP that determined more veterans are targeted by scammers and fall victim to fraud when compared to nonveterans. Nearly 8 in 10 veterans in the study reported receiving a scam attempt in the last five years that tried to take advantage of their military service and nearly 16 percent of veterans reported having lost money to scams, compared to 8 percent of nonveterans.

Top 10 Veteran-Specific Scams

The below list provides information on the top veteran-specific scams identified by AARP. The tips provided by Beshear's office are to help make sure veterans and their families have the information they need to avoid falling victim.

Scam: A variety of veteran-specific scams appear as someone who pretends to be a U.S. soldier and claims they need financial help or are looking to sell goods and services for a cheap price. The scammers even go as far as opening up fake social media accounts and use real names and photos of U.S. soldiers that they have stolen from real U.S. soldiers.

Tip: The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command recommends soldiers and their families actively search social media sites to see if a scammer is using their name and information. Soldiers should also conduct a Google image search of their social media profile pictures. If a soldier or a family member is being impersonated the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command offers a flyer that provides resources to help you report and stop fake profiles.

Downloads

Awareness Poster (8.5x11 or 11x17)

Mission Veterans Protected (MVP)

Report Scams

Call the Office of the Attorney General at 888-432-9257 or file a consumer complaint.

MVP Community Events

Click here to find a Mission Veterans Protected and Scam Alerts prevention event in your community.

MVP Partners

AARP KENTUCKY, Alzheimer's Association Greater KY and Southern Indiana, Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living, Athena Sisters, Audubon Area Community Services, Inc., Boone County Public Library, Coalition for the Homeless, Congressman Yarmuth's Office, Fern Creek and Highview United Ministries, Foster Grandparents, Franklin County Senior Activity Center, Kentucky American Legion, KY Women Veterans Program, Lady Veterans Connect, Lawrenceburg Reaching Rural Veterans, Louisville Urban League, National Association for Black Veterans, National Association of Black Veterans, National Federation of the Blind of Kentucky, Office for Aging and Disabled Citizens, Office for Veterans - Division of Resilience, Pennyrile Area Development District, Reaching Rural Veterans, St. Andrew United Church of Christ, The Gathering Place, Vietnam Veterans of America, Kentucky State Council.

Those interested in becoming a Mission Veterans Protected coalition partner may contact Gerina Whethers, executive director of Beshear's Office of Senior Protection at 502-696-5300 or Gerina.Whethers@ky.gov.

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