Target 2 Consumer Alert: Vulnerable Veterans

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Veterans answered the call to serve their country and now scammers are calling them using their military service as a ploy.

A recent study looks at fraud aimed at veterans and uncovers just how vulnerable they are.

A recent survey by AARP found veterans are twice as likely to lose money to scams.

In the survey, nearly a quarter of veterans said they got ten or more suspicious calls a week and 78 percent said the pitches were related to their military service.

Veterans who fell victim said they trust people who said they serviced in the military and they're more likely to donate to charities that claim to support veteran services.

The goal of the study was to identify what makes vets vulnerable to fraud.

So education can be developed to warn them about how to avoid becoming a victim.

AARP came up with this new handbook on the Operation Veterans page.

It tells veterans to avoid giving out personal information protecting their identity and to verify who is really calling.