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Area veterans victim to Honor Flight scam

(Toledo News Now) -

Honor Flights are free of charge for all veterans, but there is a current scam in northwest Ohio, asking veterans for credit card information or donations.

"I think it's a shame that they're trying to gain advantage of the senior citizens, and especially veterans," said Patrick, son of one scam victim.

Patrick's father is a World War II vet who signed up to go on an Honor Flight in April.

"He called me and told me he received a phone call from a board member of Honor Flight," Patrick explained. "He says he gave them his credit card."

That raised a red flag for Patrick, who knew the flight shouldn't require money.

"We don't ever, ever, ever solicit the funds like that over the phone," said Lee Armstrong, president of the Northwest Ohio Honor Flights. "That's not the way we do it. It's not the way we work, we're never going to work like that."

Neither Patrick nor Armstrong know how Patrick's father's information was found by the scammers. Armstrong said he fears this scam has happened before. He said they have made calls in the past to veterans who hung up on them immediately after hearing the company name.

Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said, unfortunately, seniors tend to be a target for these types of scams.

"They are very giving people," he said. "They're very into helping others and unfortunately when smooth-talking people call them and misrepresent themselves, many times they believe them and truly think they're giving to the right cause."

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