New program to combat con artists targeting veterans

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A new outreach program has been launched in Kentucky to help keep veterans from becoming victims of con artists.

The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General has partnered with AAPR Kentucky for “Mission Veterans Protected.”

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It is in response to the high number of veterans, active-duty service members, reservists and military families being targeted and falling victim to scams.

Attorney General Andy Beshear, along with members of AARP Kentucky, joined veterans, military-family advocates and partners at the American Legion Post 313 in Lexington Tuesday to announce the program.

The AARP says, while veterans are targeted by the same scams as many seniors, the AARP Fraud Watch Network research found that they’re also under “special attack by a number of additional scams tailored just for them.”



“Mission Veterans Protected” will conduct a statewide outreach campaign to talk directly to veterans and military families about scam prevention.

When veterans and military families need immediate assistance in identifying and avoiding scams, they can visit the mission’s website at
https://ag.ky.gov/scams/Pages/default.aspx .

The site provides information on how to identify the 10 most common veteran-specific scams, tips on how to avoid falling victim to scammers, who to call for help, a list of upcoming community events and a printable awareness poster.