The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a fraud alert regarding a marketing scam targeting veterans. A marketing company has created two phone numbers that differ from the authentic VA numbers by one digit. If a veteran misdials and calls a false number, the answering party will offer a gift card and attempt to obtain sensitive personal data, including credit card information.
Please note that the VA does not ask for credit card or banking information over the phone.
The correct phone numbers are: (800) 827-1000 for the VA Call Center and (888) 442-4551 for the GI Bill® Call Center. For a list of toll-free VA phone numbers, go to the VA’s Inquiry Routing & Information System webpage at https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1703.
For more information to avoid Financial Aid scams or if you believe you have been the victim of one, please see this site for more information: http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/scams