New AARP study says veterans are twice as likely to get scammed

New AARP study says veterans are twice as likely to get scammed

Each year thousands of Nebraskans fall victim to scams.

A new study by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is warning veterans to stay vigilant. This new study found that veterans are twice as likely to be targeted by scammers than the average person.

"It’s natural to trust people. You don't think about being scammed until it happens to you," said Korean War veteran Milton Schroeder.

Just over a year ago, he and his wife fell victim to a scam.

"When I think back, things would've been different but at the time they know how to do it," said Milton’s wife Irma Schroeder.

Their trusting personality is exactly what scammers were looking for when they called the Schroeder home.

"So believable the way he could do it in his gruff voice,” Irma said.

The person on the other end of the line claiming to be their grandson Dustin, telling them he was in jail and needed money to get out.

"To get him out he said, ‘I'm sure he's a good person and wouldn't do all this. I'm sure we can get him out, but we have to pay the attorney,' and all this stuff,” Irma said.

The Schroeder couple losing five thousand dollars immediately, when in reality their grandson Dustin was not behind bars.

"I felt terrible about it. I didn't do anything personally, but I wanted to help her figure out what was going on," said Irma and Milton’s grandson Dustin.

Dustin is also a veteran. He was in the reserve for 12 years and deployed once.

According to a recent survey by AARP, 16 percent of veterans have fallen victims of scams, compared to eight percent of the public.

The Schroeders said this a learning lesson they will never forget.

AARP Nebraska, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the AARP Fraud Watch Network are joining forces to raise awareness about scams targeting the veteran community.

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