Excerpt From Nextgov: Phishing Emails Targeting Veterans are on the Rise — But Don’t Blame this Website, VA Says
By Jack Moore
Sometimes, the emails offer fake job interviews conducted via Skype or Google Plus during which scammers try to glean Social Security numbers or bank account information.
Sometimes, the email schemes are more convoluted, asking recipients to cash what later turns out to be a counterfeit check to send back some of the money to the fraudsters.
To the Web-savvy, these are obvious “phishing” attempts, in which bad guys – many not all that skilled or sophisticated – try to conduct fraud or ferret out personal information with legitimate-seeming emails.
But these particular messages target an especially vulnerable population – veterans transitioning to civilian careers or otherwise looking for work.