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 part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans are warned not to visit the sites, or to share any information concerning themselves or data on other veterans.
VA does not randomly call veterans, nor does it ask veterans for information which it does not already have, such as Social Security numbers. 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 e-mails which suggest that they are from VA, which never conducts official business nor asks for personal information by e-mail.
VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal. VA’s legal counsel has requested that the department coordinate with the Department of Defense 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, VA’s general counsel is requesting that anyone who has examples of VAS acts that violate Chapter 59 of Title 38, U.S. Code, such as VAS employees assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for benefits, please pass any additional information to Michael G. Daugherty, Staff Attorney, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of General Counsel (022G2), 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20420