Highlights tips for Californians who wish to support veterans through donations 

OAKLAND – On Veterans Day, California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a consumer alert warning veterans and their families to be aware of targeted scams and fraud. A recent report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) highlights that just last year, veterans suffered a total loss of $66 million due to fraud. In today’s alert, Attorney General Bonta provides tips and information to help veterans guard against scams, and highlights steps that Californians can take to safely support our veterans through charitable donations.

“Scammers and fraudsters frequently target veterans and those looking to support veterans charities,” said Attorney General Bonta. “Today, and all days, we recognize the sacrifices and contributions that veterans and their families have made. As part of our efforts to protect those that have protected us, we are issuing today’s consumer alert with tips on how to avoid common scams that target our nation’s heroes and those looking to support veterans charities.”

Common Scams Targeting Veterans

Whether it is a scammer pretending to be from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or a shady company that uses veterans service organization seals in order to gain your trust, protect yourself by staying up to date on common veteran-targeted scams and fraud. Beware of the following:

  • Home Loan Scams: Recently, there has been a jump in scams targeting…

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