Texas Family Support Services is passing along a FRAUD ALERT FOR ALL VETERANS.

The Alert involves a marketing scam targeting callers to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center.

TFSS warns that a marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit.  If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller.  The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller's information is obtained.  Do not give out your personal information.

The  VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. Before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are talking to.

The numbers to be avoided are:

800-872-1000  (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)

888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551)