The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program is a program of the Department of Veterans Affairs that provides funds to eligible veterans for VA approved educational programs. However, scammers are calling veterans and telling them that they have been approved for benefits of $8,500 and that this will be deposited into the bank account of the veteran. All the veteran has to do is call a telephone number and provide his or her bank account number bank routing number and pay a $205 service fee. Unfortunately, the call is a scam. Providing the information to a scammer can lead to the veteran’s bank account being emptied.
The VA will never charge a fee to access your benefits nor will it ever ask for private information over the phone. Never give personal information over the phone to someone you have not called. If you suspect that such a call is legitimate, contact your local VA office at a telephone number that you know is accurate.