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Sen. Tester Warns of VA Scam

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Senator Jon ester is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to better protect veterans' personal information.  Recent reports show that scanning the barcode on a veteran's ID card, easier today with the widespread use of smart phones, can reveal the veteran's social security number.   Tester wants the VA to let more veterans know about the problem so they can protect themselves while also doing more to prevent future security breaches.

The Senator stated, "This is a very important issue.  We need to keep personal information secure, and that's why I've sent a letter to Secretary Shinseki, the head of the VA, asking him how they are going to remedy this problem with these VA identification cards.  And furthermore encouraged him to let the veterans know the risks that are out there so they can handle these cards in a secure way."

Tester is Montana's only member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

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