ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Anticipate potential fraud this Veteran’s Day. Officials warn military personnel and family to watch for crooks via telephone and email.

“The goal is to get access to the benefits the government provides to the veteran’s accounts,” says Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau. Scammers say some vets qualify for money from “secret” government programs, cash upfront for higher disability or pension payments later or charge for access to military records.

“They use vet-oriented twists on identity theft, phishing scams, impostor scams and investment and loan deceptions,” explains Horton. Frauds pretend to represent organizations that support Veterans, including fake charities. Horton continues, “The scam list is long, but the warning signs are those most of us know or at least should. They are the same signs that tip us off to the IRS or Social…

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