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Beware of These 5 Scary Presidential Election Scams That You Could Be A Victim Of Tomorrow

How the scam works:

As the whole world is looking forward to the US Presidential elections tomorrow, this is a very good time for scammers to operate and make a bunch of victims across the nation, including yourself. Whether you are a supporter of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, beware of five scary Elections 2016 scams happening today and tomorrow. How do these scams work?

Watch the video below to see these 5 scary presidential election scams exposed:

Five 2016 Election Scams Exposed Video

1. You may get a phone call today or tomorrow from someone saying that if you didn’t vote in the last election, you’d have to re-register as you’ve been removed from the list of registered voters. Always remember that you should never give your personal information to any strangers who may call you, even if they sound legitimate. If you get a call about your voter registration record, call your state Board of Elections directly about your registration status.

2. On a different take, scammers may call you today offering fake cruises if you answer a survey about tomorrow's election. After the short questionnaire is done, criminals ask for a very "small" fee associated with the eventual "taxes" for the trip. Enough to make the victim share credit card information.

3. You may also receive a text message informing that now you can cast your vote tomorrow by phone --a website is provided for that. This trick is not a financial fraud, but a political one. It’s been discovered that the tricksters send this message only to people who are known for supporting one particular candidate. This way, the victims “vote” for their favorite on the fake website. Needless to say, these votes don’t count.

The automated text message is sent to hundreds of thousands of people at once via a specific software. As these particular elections seem to be very tight between Clinton and Trump, a few votes could make a difference.

4. It is also known that campaign office people call members of the constituency to ask for support and eventual donations. That's even today as "the last 24 hours before elections are critical in tipping the balance" (as they may say). Scammers call thousands of people, impersonating candidates' campaign staff. As they often find many supporters of that particular politician, scammers use well-written scripts to convince the victim to donate money over the phone.


5. A different election scam occurs when criminals call and ask the victims if they verified their voter registration before election day. If not, the scammers offer to do it for them - "for a smoother process during the elections". In this particular case, crooks also ask for personal information, such as Social Security Number or credit card number. Thousands of people fall for this scam every election time.

How to avoid the Elections 2016 scams:

Where do we start? As a rule of thumb, donations or payments over the phone have become so popular nowadays amongst scammers. Make sure you have a way of verifying the identity of the person who is calling from the campaign office - before you donate! For the other three types of scams, there is no such thing as voter registration done by a third party, in particular through the phone - nor a free cruise if you do a survey. Finally, as we hope you know already, you cannot vote via phone calls.

How to report the Elections 2016 scams:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the link below:

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