PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — As we recognize Veterans Day this week, a special reminder to all Oregonians to help protect those who have spent a lifetime protecting all of us.

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday feature. Today: Building a digital defense against scams targeting veterans.

Operation Protect Veterans is a joint venture between the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and AARP. According to these partners, veterans are twice as likely to fall victim to fraudsters. In fact, they say, 16% of veterans have fallen victim to scams compared to 8% of the rest of us.

Why the difference? Veterans tend to be more trusting of those they believe to be fellow members of military service, making them particularly vulnerable to imposter fraud and other types of scams.

Here are some of the more common ones to watch out for:

  • Loan Scams – A bad actor offers to refinance your VA loan at an extremely low rate.
  • Imposter Scams – In one scenario, a government agency imposter contacts you to “update your file” to maintain veteran benefits. In another version of this scam, the imposter tells veterans they qualify for a “secret” program or benefit worth thousands of dollars. Either way, the imposter wants the veteran to share personal health and financial information.
  • Pension Poaching Scams – The fraudster offers veterans lump sum payments up front, in exchange for signing over all of their future monthly…

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