VA: avoiding DBQ fraud scams

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is actively combating fraudulent practices targeting veterans, especially involving Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs). Fraudsters attempt to deceive veterans by offering unauthorized services or requesting fees for completing DBQs, which are designed to assist in the disability compensation claims process.

Common scams and identification

Fraudsters use various tactics to exploit veterans, including:

  • Charging fees for DBQ forms or assistance, which are free from VA.
  • Promising expedited or guaranteed benefits in exchange for a fee.
  • Misrepresenting themselves as VA officials or accredited agents.

Protection tips

To safeguard against DBQ fraud:

  1. Verify credentials: Ensure any individual or organization offering assistance is VA-accredited through the VA’s website.
  2. No payment for forms/services: Forms and assistance for filing claims are free from the VA or authorized representatives.
  3. Report suspicious activity: Suspected fraud should be reported to the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) at 800-488-8244 or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at

Resources for assistance

Veterans can obtain free support from Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) and other accredited representatives. For more information, visit the VA’s pension page or contact a local VSO.

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