CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - This time of year it's pretty common to receive misleading phone calls from people you don't know who are trying to get your personal information.
And right now, veterans are a target.
According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, an increase of veterans have been victimized by people trying to get them to purchase benefits.
Authorities also say that they have received complaints about fake charities that claim to help vets.
In response, AARP has launched a campaign called "Operation Protect Veterans" to help raise awareness of the issue.
"It's unfortunate as you alluded to that someone who serves and given part of themselves to the country to come back and somebody wants to come and takeaway something that is rightfully theirs,” says veteran Mike Nelson.
More than 6. 5 million AARP members and over 100,000 U.S. postal workers are veterans, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.