VA warns veterans of telephone prescription scam
October 1, 2009
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 1, 2009) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning veterans not to give credit card numbers over the phone to callers claiming they will update VA prescription information.
"America's veterans have become targets in an inexcusable scam that dishonors their service and misrepresents the department built for them," said Dr. Gerald Cross, VA's under secretary for health. "VA simply does not call veterans and ask them to disclose personal financial information over the phone."
Veteran service organizations have brought to VA's attention that callers are misrepresenting the VA to gain personal information over the phone. They say VA recently changed procedures for dispensing prescriptions and ask for the veteran's credit card number.
"VA has not changed its processes for dispensing prescription medicines," Cross said. "Nor has VA changed its long-standing commitment to protect the personal information of this nation's veterans."
Veterans with questions about VA services should contact the nearest VA medical center or call, toll-free, 1-877-222-8387.