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Attorney General Offers Free Webinar To Protect Against Scams

In preparation for Veterans Day, Attorney General Kwame Raoul encourages veterans, service members, and their families to join a free military rights webinar on November 8 at 11:30 a.m. The webinar, titled "What to Know About Veterans Consumer Scams," will provide valuable insights on avoiding scams targeting veterans and how to respond if victimized.


A recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report reveals that veterans and military retirees reported over 152,000 cases of fraud and scams in 2022, resulting in $378 million in losses. Attorney General Raoul's webinar will explain why veterans are often targeted, give examples of common scams, and offer prevention tips.


To protect themselves, Attorney General Raoul recommends that veterans verify government contacts through official mailed letters, not phone, email, or text. Avoid making payments via wire transfers or gift cards. Ask questions when contacted by unknown organizations. Refrain from donating to charities that demand upfront payments. Research and avoid hasty donations.


The webinar is accessible online through Zoom or by phone, with accommodations for those with hearing or speech disabilities. For inquiries about veterans' rights, visit the Attorney General's website or contact the Military and Veterans Rights Helpline at 800-382-3000.


The Military and Veterans Rights Bureau also offers in-person or virtual presentations on service member rights and fraud targeting veterans. Information on training opportunities can be found by emailing mvrb@ilag.gov.

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