Criminals are exploiting veterans’ lack of awareness around filing and obtaining PACT Act benefits by offering assistance with fake promises of high payoffs. Learn how to spot and avoid these scams and apply for VA benefits safely.Go to Survey
Fraud cost veterans, active service members and their families $414 million in 2022 with a median loss of $765 per incident.Learn More
Scammers are promising lump-sum payments for military benefits (that never materialize), or posing as VA officials to submit fake benefits claims.Protect Yourself
Be on the lookout for bogus military charities that use enticing outreach techniques much like trusted nonprofits.Be Vigilant
If you suspect a scam or fraud, call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline: 877-908-3360 M-F 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET
The AARP Fraud Watch Network Scam-Tracking Map highlights the scams reported in your area and lets you report them too.View Map
Find out more about the common scams and schemes con artists use to steal money and personal identities from veterans, service members and their families.Download
AARP and Volunteers of America offer facilitated peer discussions helping you take an important step toward emotional recovery from fraud.Enroll
Operation Protect Veterans is a joint program of AARP's Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). The initiative provides free resources and community programs to proactively spot scams and deliver helpful guidance from fraud specialists if you have been targeted.
AARP delivers free resources, community programs, and access to discounts to Veterans, Military and their Families. Find out more at aarp.org/veterans.