PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Veterans Services Officer Rosanne Frieri is warning of a new scam focused on veterans.
According to a news release, Frieri said veterans who have signed up for retraining assistance programs are being asked to call a phone number, provide their bank account information and pay a $205 service fee and in return they'd receive an increase in the program's stipends. These calls are scams, she said.
The Veterans Retraining Assistance program provides $1,473 in monthly stipends to veterans attending an approved community college of technical school.
"My colleagues around the state are hearing from veterans who say they have received phone calls from someone who promises a matching amount of money," Frieri said in a statement.
Local veterans have not been targeted yet, Frieri said, but veterans should be on the lookout for it.
"Most people know not to give out personal information to anyone, but because this involves a veterans program, it may sound more legitimate... I’m not aware of anyone in this area who has received one of these calls, but I would like veterans to be aware. They all worked too hard for their benefits to fall victims to a scam," she said.
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