Emails that appear to come from Veterans Administration are designed to trick recipients into giving up personal information
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is warning Maine veterans to be on the lookout for a sophisticated email scam that offers to help veterans receiving benefits get more money through the IRS.
"The emails these scammers are sending out look real but they are really designed to trick veterans into turning over all sorts of personal information," Pingree said. "And I just want to say it's outrageous that anyone would stoop to trying to steal from the men and women who have served this country," she added.
The emails are being sent to military members, retirees and civilians and appear to come from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and even come from a ".mil" address. The email promises individuals receiving disability benefits from the VA that they can get increased benefits through the IRS. The email asks for extensive personal information including tax returns and other documents.