WV Attorney General's Office warning military members of scams

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The state Attorney General’s Office is warning veterans and all enlisted military members of phishing scams.

The office says scammers are known to target veterans and members of the military in attempts to steal their personal information.

One known scam involves an impostor claiming that a veteran or member of the military needs to update their military file.

The Attorney General’s Office says the imposters will claim to be from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, or other veteran-oriented organizations, and that they usually request personal or financial information that is already on record.

The office says veterans and military members should never give personal information over the phone or via email without first verifying the authenticity of the recipient. They also say to let unfamiliar phone numbers go to voicemail and to never click on an unfamiliar link or open attachments via an unfamiliar email.

One suggestion the office has for members of the military who are about to be deployed is to place an Active Duty Alert on their credit report, which provides extra protections (such as additional verification steps) before credit can be extended in their name.

The Attorney General’s Office says military members and other citizens should exercise caution when giving to veteran’s charities by making sure the charity is legitimate and registered to solicit donations from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808, or the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239. You can also visit the office’s website at www.wvago.gov.