There's a phone line that has been set up to scam veterans who happen to misdial the Veterans Choice Program phone number.
The only difference between the phone numbers rests in the area code, warns the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Choice Program phone number is 1-866-606-8198. The scammer's number replaces 866 with 800.
VA officials say the scam phone number will not provide any information on the Choice Program or its eligibility criteria, but it will offer a $100 rebate for the caller's credit card information. The VA says they would never ask for this information, nor would they ever offer incentives through the Choice Program.
Also the real Veterans Choice Program hotline will automatically tell the caller that they have reached the "U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs." The fake number will only tell callers they reached the "Veterans Choice Program" after the caller asks.
The VA is currently working with the Office of the Inspector General to get the scam phone line shut down through legal action.
Information on the Veterans Choice Program can be found here. You can also find further protection against identity theft by going here or contacting 1-855-578-5492. The Veterans Affairs Safety Service toll-free number operates every weekday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. EST and has a voicemail for after hour messages.