Last week, U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz warned service members and veterans of an extortion scheme in which scam artists posing as federal representatives are asking for personal information.

"I ask all service members and veterans to be very cautious when taking these calls," Ortiz, Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, said on Sept. 23. "If you receive a call, please contact your nearest Veteran's Affairs office before giving out personal information."

According to federal government published reports, the extortionists are telling service military members and veterans that the Department of Veteran's Affairs has changed procedure and need their credit card numbers in order to update their medical prescription files.

For more information about this scam, or if anyone feels they have been a victim of the scam, call (877) 222-8387. Information is also available by visiting www.va.gov.