Friday, February 4, 2011

Alert from VA - Websites with the name "vaservices"

WARNING TO VETERANS

Forwarded by Kevin Secor, VSO Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the
Department of Veterans Affairs.

An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is providing
benefit and general information on VA and gathering personal
information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with VA
in any way

[Websites with the name "vaservices" immediately after the "www" ARE
NOT part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Government
agency. D o not go to them or if approached or called, do not offer
them any information concerning yourself or data on other veterans.
Keep in mind that the real VA website ends in .gov. Also, be aware
that the Department of Veterans Affairs does not randomly call
veterans, nor does it ask veterans for information which it does not
already have--like Social Security Numbers. In particular, if you have
not dealt with the VA previously--and in person--and all of a sudden,
you receive a call from someone saying they are with the VA or
something similar sounding, hang up the phone. Also, do not respond to
emails which suggest that they are from the VA. The VA never conducts
official business nor asks for personal information by email. Mike]

VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close
resemblance to the VA name and seal. Our Legal Counsel has request ed
that we coordinate with DoD to inform military installations,
particularly mobilization sites, of this group and their lack of
affiliation or endorsement by VA to provide any services.

In addition, GC requests that if you have any examples of VAS acts
that violate chapter 59 of Title 38 United States Code, such as VAS
employees assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of
claims for benefits, please pass any additional information to
Mr.Daugherty at the address below.

Michael G. Daugherty
Staff Attorney
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of General Counsel (022G2)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

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