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Scammers Taking Advantage of Veteran's Day

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9 

Veteran's Day is a day about honoring those who fought for our country but it's also a big day for scam artists.

"It's a day where we honor our veterans, also though it's a day where a scam artists try to take advantage of veterans," Tyler Patton, with the Better Business Bureau, said.

It's the sad truth about Veteran's Day. As people nationwide celebrate the brave men and women who have fought and are still fighting for our country, scam artists are looking to make easy money. According to Patton, military families are big targets. 

"Number one, they tend to be younger than the average population. Secondly, they tend to get married earlier than the average person so those family needs and requirements are accelerated. Third, they tend to live in concentrated areas. This makes them very attractive for scammers," Patton said.

Many veterans are taking advantage of Veteran's Day sales. But Patton said there are a few popular scams vets should look out for. 

"Car scams are very prevalent. Often times, you will see websites or even publications that will have ads on there for cars claiming to offer a military discount when in fact that's not the case at all," Patton said.

The BBB also said life insurance scams are out there. Scammers will often force veterans to buy life insurance that's over priced.

"It's way too expensive for what they need. It's also excessive and they make a lot of claims about military discounts," Patton said.

However, some military discounts are legit. So what should you do to make sure you're saving instead of being scammed?

"Research it. Find out exactly what kind of military discount they offer and how this compares to the normal price," Patton said.

If you think you have fallen victim to a scam, contact the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org to file a complaint.

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