AARP Idaho and the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center are hosting a FREE veterans fraud prevention conference in Boise on August 27, 2018. The half day event is designed to give veterans the tools they need to identify and prevent becoming the victim of fraud. A recent AARP study shows veterans are frequently targeted by scam artists and victimized twice as often as the rest of the public.
“Unfortunately, the men and women who bravely served our country have become a prime target of telephone and online thieves,” said AARP Chief Executive Officer Jo Ann Jenkins. “While veterans are bombarded by the same scam pitches we all receive, our research found that they’re also under special attack by a number of additional scams tailored just for them.”
According to the AARP Fraud Watch Network’s recent survey 16 percent of U.S. veterans have lost money to fraudsters, as compared to 8 percent of non-veterans. Veterans also report that they are targeted by a large number of scams directly related to their military service or the veterans’ benefits they receive. Eighty percent of the veterans surveyed said they have encountered veteran-specific scams.
Speakers from the Idaho Department of Finance, Office of the Idaho Attorney General, AARP Idaho and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will discuss local, regional and national scams and the tactics con-artists use to trap their victims.
WHAT: Veterans Fraud Prevention Conference
WHEN: August 27, 2018, 9:00am to Noon