In response to the increase in fraud reports against the military community, AARP has launched its Veterans Fraud Center, a new education and resource hub to help protect Veterans, service members and their families.

A recent AARP survey found that one in three active-duty military members and Veterans have lost money to at least one fake service-related offer. Additionally, the number of fraud attacks against the military community jumped 69 percent compared to the previous year, according to the 2021 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

“Targeting scams at members of the military community is unconscionable,” said Troy Broussard, senior advisor of AARP’s Veterans and Military Families Initiative and U.S. Army Desert Storm Veteran. “The AARP Veterans Fraud Center is designed to alert Veterans and their families about the latest scams and how to avoid them.”