From the North Carolina State Attorney General's Office
October 1, 2012
N.C. State Attorney General Roy Cooper's office has posted the following general warning about schemes to steal money from veterans:
Some people who claim they want to help military veterans get their veterans benefits may actually be out to rip them off. State and federal officials have reported hearing from veterans who have lost hundreds of dollars to scammers who promised to help them navigate the VA benefits process.
In most cases, people must be accredited by the Veterans Administration (VA) in order to represent veterans seeking benefits, and they aren't allowed to charge any money for their services unless they're helping to appeal a VA decision.
You can search for accredited help on the VA's website, or contact an accredited Veterans Service Organization like the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs for free help.
If you spot a scam that is trying to rip off our veterans, report it to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.