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Attorney General’s Offices warns of new scam targeting programs aimed at assisting veterans

A scam preying upon Kentuckians’ goodwill toward veterans and veteran causes has been reported, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear.

The AG office has received several reports, including one from Kentucky State Police, who said a caller claiming to be with the “Coalition for Veterans of America” is seeking donations to help cover Veterans Affairs medical bills and aid homeless veterans.

The Office of Senior Protection verified the organization is a sham. He is working with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs to increase awareness among veterans and their families throughout July, which is Military Consumer Protection month.

The AG office issued a scam alert to alert Kentuckians who would like to support veterans and their families to do so without being victimized.

Donors should follow these additional tips to avoid a sham charity scam:

• Do not feel pressured to give money or financial information over the phone.
• Beware of sound-alike charities.
• Be cautious of social media requests for donations. Although some may be legitimate, consumers need to verify before making donations.
• Ask solicitors what percentage of your donation will be given to relief efforts. By law, the solicitor must tell you if you ask.
• Avoid wire transfers or gift cards as a donation method.

To report a scam to the Attorney General’s Office, call 1-888-432-9257, or log on to ag.ky.gov.

From Attorney General’s Office

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