POTENTIAL FRAUD ALERT!!!

POTENTIAL FRAUD ALERT GIFT CARD/PII ISSUE

POTENTIAL FRAUD ALERT
GIFT CARD/PII ISSUE

Disabilities determined by VA to be related to your military service can lead to monthly non-taxable compensation, enrollment in the VA health care system, a 10-point hiring preference for federal employment and other important benefits. Ask your VA representative or Veterans Service Organization representative about Disability Compensation, Pension, Health Care, Caregiver Program, Career Services, Educational Assistance, Home Loan Guaranty, Insurance and/or Dependents and Survivors’ Benefits.

BENEFITS ASSISTANCE SERVICE
ISSUED DATE: NOVEMBER 21, 2013
BACKGROUND INFORMATION

A marketing company has acquired and is using two toll free numbers which are VERY SIMILAR to VBA toll free numbers. The marketer is trying to get callers to sign up to receive a Wal-Mart gift card, and is asking for PII, to include credit card information. When asked if they are the VA, they reply vaguely, and explain that the VA is very busy and the call was directed to them. They don’t say they are the VA, but if asked if they can help with VA benefits, they say yes. In addition, they even offer to transfer the call to the VA, after the caller provides the credit card information to get the free Wal-Mart gift card.
This issue has been reported to the Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Trade Commission for review.
The two numbers identified in this alert are:

  • 1-800-872-1000 which is very close to our main number of 1-800-827-1000
  • 1-888-442-4511 which is very close to our GI-Bill number of 1-888-442-4551

FAQS AND SUGGESTED SCRIPTS

Q1. WHAT SHOULD WE TELL A VETERAN IF HE/SHE ASKS IF THIS IS A LEGITIMATE OFFER?
A: “The VA is not participating in any gift card promotions. We have been advised of this situation and have referred the issue to our Office of the Inspector General and have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Please use caution when disclosing personal information as it could be a fraudulent situation.”
Benefits Assistance Service Quality & Training November 2013 Contact us: www.va.gov 1-800-827-1000
Q2. IS THE VA RESEARCHING THIS ISSUE OR ATTEMPTING TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE COMPANY?
A: “The VA has reported this issue to the Office of the Inspector General and filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. They will be reviewing the situation to determine the appropriate course of action.”
Q3. WHAT SHOULD WE TELL SOMEONE IF THEY HAVE MISTAKENLY RELEASED THEIR PII IN THIS SITUATION?
A: “The VA has reported this issue to the Office of the Inspector General and filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. They will be reviewing the situation to determine the appropriate course of action. If you feel you have disclosed your personal information to an unauthorized individual, please contact your credit card company and advise them of the situation, review transactions, and request that a new card number be issued. You may request a free credit report from credit reporting agencies. In addition, you should also contact the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 and file a complaint.”
Q4. I CALLED THIS COMPANY. HOW CAN I FILE A COMPLAINT?
A: “Thank you for reporting this information to VA, you can contact the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 and file a complaint.”

Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Nation

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Chief Tecumseh

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing afriend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

Tecumseh

Have you heard the name Tecumseh?

How could a man who constantly allied himself with anti-American interests be held in such high regard? How could this man, who would never call himself an American citizen, become beloved by generations of American warriors? It’s simple, really: Tecumseh, aside from being a formidable opponent and brilliant tactician, was one of the most principled and wise individuals to ever grace the North American landmass.

He embodied the warrior spirit in his physical prowess, patient diplomacy, vigorous approach to fighting, and moral stand against injustice.

His name became synonymous with courage both in life and death. His devotion to his people has rarely been equaled—but most of all, his willingness to sacrifice for a cause has set an almost unattainable precedent.

In his immortal words:

When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

Be fearless. Live for your life as if every day is your last. Challenge limits. Accept everything for what it is and never look back.

Team Rubicon – Disaster Response Veterans Service Organization

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Our Mission

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams

Team Rubicon Saves Lives.

Since its creation in January 2010, TR has impacted thousands of lives – in Haiti, Chile, Burma, Pakistan, Sudan, and here at home, in Vermont, Maryland, Missouri, and Alabama.  TR reaches victims outside the scope of where traditional aid organizations venture; victims on the fringe.

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A 26-person DMAT treated hundreds of patients, many children, in field hospitals and clinics located in Carigara and Tacloban.

Team Rubicon Engages Veterans.

Hundreds of US military veterans, many returning home after fighting ten years of war, find a renewed sense of purpose for their skills and experiences through TR.

Team Rubicon Sets Itself Apart In the Nonprofit World.

Is it a disaster relief organization? A veteran-focused enterprise?  The truth is it’s both. TR pioneered a new paradigm in disaster response while redefining the meaning of veteran reintegration into society.

Team Rubicon Pioneered the Concept of Veteran-Focused Disaster Response.

On the streets of Port-au-Prince, in the immediate aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, TR’s military veterans realized a simple truth – natural disasters present many of the same problems that confront troops in Iraq and Afghanistan: unstable populations, limited resources, horrific sights, sounds and smells.  The skills cultivated on those same battlefields – emergency medicine, risk assessment and mitigation, teamwork and decisive leadership – are invaluable in disaster zones.

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On Veterans Day, Operation: Seabird’s alpha team deployed to the Philippines to provide relief in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

firebase116.org supports and loves all Veterans. Team Rubicon is the epitome of a Veteran group that wants to do really good things for our world.  Please feel free to contact Team Rubicon at:

Contact

Got a specific question? Message Us

  • P: 310-640-8787
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    Team Rubicon, Inc.
    300 N. Continental Blvd., Suite 150
    El Segundo, CA 90245
  • http://teamrubiconusa.org/

Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center: Stallings Campus

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Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center: Stallings Campus

The MontachusettVeteransOutreachCenter: Stallings Campus is planning a big event on December 13th

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Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center: Stallings Campus

from 3-7 PM in Winchendon for area veterans and their families. Operation Holiday Cheer will  allow area military, veterans and spouses to relax with a chair massage or Reiki treatment, get a haircut, manicure and take some time for yourself.  Enjoy some food and drink, then come into our fully stocked gift room and take advantage of complimentary household goods, toys and personal care items.

Operation Holiday Cheer!

Date: December 13th 2013

Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location:
21 Murdock Ave
Winchendon, MA01475

Help spread the word!

November – Warrior Care Month

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Wounded, ill or injured service members are among the strongest and most resilient members of the force, learning new life skills that enable them to return to duty or transition from the military. During Warrior Care month in November, the Defense Department honors the courage of these individuals and highlights the programs that help them with this special report.

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TOP NEWS

Dr. Biden, USO Provide Warrior Care Packs

Dr. Jill Biden, center, loads warrior care packs with Senate spouses, USO volunteers and White House interns at the vice president's home in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 2013. DOD photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden participated in a USO event to put together and deliver warrior care packs to troops recovering from illness or injury.Story

Soldiers Host British, Danish Wounded Warriors

Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk W. Conley, the command sergeant major of the Army National Guard, shares stories with British soldiers during a wounded warrior event at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington, Va., Oct. 25, 2013. The visit was the first stop in a week-long visit for British and Danish wounded warriors. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michelle Gonzalez.

Army National Guard soldiers embraced the opportunity to foster international camaraderie by honoring the service of some 57 wounded warriors and their support teams from the United Kingdom and Denmark at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington, Va. Story

Army to Stand up Resiliency Directorate

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General John F. Campbell speaks on a panel at the Association of The United States Army Convention on October 21, 2013 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Army leaders announced plans to stand up a Resiliency Directorate which will be responsible for leading a cultural change Army-wide starting in November during a panel discussion at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition. Story

Army Promotes Healthy Lifestyle for Soldiers

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, commanding general, United States Army Medical Command, speaks about healthy lifestyle choices at a forum at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 22, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

The Army is promoting healthy lifestyle choices to improve the readiness and resilience of soldiers, and the health and well-being of Army families, said the Army’s surgeon general. Story

Running for the Wounded

185 for Heroes, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for wounded warriors, hosts a yearly seven-day, seven marathon run. Story

Wounded Warriors Learn to Move Forward

Sailors and Coast Guardsmen take part in a recreational adaptive sports camp.

12 wounded warriors recently participated in a three-day recreational sports camp which featured wheelchair basketball and swimming and several new sports – adaptive lacrosse, racquetball and tennis – taught by world-class instructors. Story

Leaders: Best Yet to Come for Wounded Warriors

In this look back at the 2013 Warrior Games, a top Navy leader said the biggest message everyone should take away from the games is that “the best time in the lives of wounded warriors is still ahead.” Story