Scam Targets Veterans



ELLSWORTH — The state Department of Labor is warning veterans about a scam targeting those who receive educational assistance.

Veterans who have either signed up or have been approved for the new Veterans Retraining Assistance Program have been specifically affected. The program provides a $1,473 monthly stipend to veterans enrolled at an approved community college or technical training school.

Dennis Wellman, manager of veteran programs for the Department of Labor, advises veterans not to provide banking account information over the phone to anyone.

Veterans have reported receiving phone calls from an individual who congratulated them on receiving the retraining assistance. The caller, who might refer to himself as a “James,” tells veterans that the money will be deposited directly into their bank. To receive the bank deposit, the veteran is directed to call a phone number with a 202 area code, give his or her bank account number and routing number to a person named “Kelly” and pay $205 for the service fee.

Veterans who think they might have been targeted should contact Dennis Wellman at 623-7900.

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Fenceviewer Staff

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