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New scam targeting nation's veterans, and how you can spot the con

Scammers ask for financial information

SAN ANTONIO – A new scam has emerged, and it is targeting veterans across the country who are making decisions about medical care.  

"Scammers have set up a fake phone line, which mimics or resembles the actual phone line for the Veterans Choice Program," Miguel Segura, with the Better Business Bureau, said.

The Veterans Choice Program allows certain veterans to use approved healthcare providers outside of the VA by calling a toll-free number to see if they are eligible.

That's where the fake phone number comes in -- the only difference between the two phone numbers is the area code.

The real number has an 866 area code, while the scammers use the more common 1-800 area code. 

Those who dialed the fake line heard an automated message.

"It states that you qualify for a rebate, usually a $100 rebate if you are willing to give your credit card information or checking account information,” Segura said.

The bad guys are banking on confusion.

There is no rebate, and the cons then have a person’s financial information.

It is important to remember that neither the VA, nor any government agency, will not ask for a person’s financial account information.  

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