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Report shows scammers target veterans far more frequently than civilians; Northeast Ohio veteran suggests solution

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – As many celebrate our nation’s heroes this week, there are others targeting them, according to a new report from one of our Cuyahoga County Scam Squad partners.

Active-duty service members and veterans are significantly more likely to lose money to a scam than civilians. Here’s a look at our latest research.

Posted by AARP on Tuesday, November 9, 2021

19 Investigates took the information in the report to experts in search of a solution.

In the process, we uncovered where the government may be falling short in protecting vulnerable veterans.

If you think you get a lot of robocalls, you’d probably feel really bad for the people experts say are getting even more of them.

According to the new report released by AARP, veterans get significantly more fraudulent robocalls than civilians.

The report says:

“Military/veterans report getting more scam attempts than civilians overall and in particular, are more likely to receive scam solicitations or offers related to technology support or repair (67% and 58%, respectively), travel or vacation package deals (58% and 51%, respectively), lottery or prize winnings (54% and 46%), special status discounts (48% and 31%), phishing for account information (48% and 39%) to name some.”

Veterans also tend to lose more money to the scammers making them.

Retired Staff Sergeant Bryan Bowman runs a nonprofit organization called the SAM Center that aims to support veterans in Northeast Ohio.

“Our 2021 goal has been to…

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