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    VA Moves to Educate Vets on Fraud, Scams Amid PACT Act Filings and Camp Lejeune Water Litigation

    VA Moves to Educate Vets on Fraud, Scams Amid PACT Act Filings and Camp Lejeune Water Litigation

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is ramping up efforts to educate veterans on potential scams or fraud that could rob them of disability benefits or cost them, should they fall victim to such crimes.

    VA launched a website last week, www.va.gov/vsafe, that provides information on identifying fraud, reporting scams and vetting service representatives if they need help with claims.

    Maureen Elias, VA deputy chief of staff, said the effort is needed as more veterans have become eligible for disability payments under the Act and attorneys solicit Lejeune water victims.

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    “Anytime there's new benefits or new money being allocated to individuals, there's the potential for fraudsters and scamsters to come in,” Elias said during a press conference Friday.

    In the past year, VA has investigated 12,474 cases of potential benefits fraud and helped 1,164 victims whose disability payments were directed to fraudulent bank accounts. The department has recouped $847,494 as a result of prevention and recovery, according to Elias.

    Among the most prevalent types of malfeasance VA has seen are unaccredited companies providing assistance to veterans to file claims and charging exorbitant fees, which is illegal on initial claims, Elias said.

    VA has increased investigations of companies that are…

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