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Elections Scams: Donation, Survey, Vote

How the scam works:

Now that the whole world is looking forward to the US Presidential elections and enjoying the debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, there is a very good time for scammers to operate and make a bunch of victims across the nation. Whether you are a supporter of the Democrats or Republicans, beware of a few scary Elections 2016 scams happening these days.

Watch the video below to see five Presidential Election scams exposed:

Five 2016 Election Scams Exposed Video

We found five different scams when the election time comes, regardless of where you live:

1. Criminals make calls 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. It is known that campaign office people call members of the constituency to ask for support and eventual donations. As soon as elections are called, scammers call hundreds of people a day, impersonating the candidates' campaign staff. As they often find many supporters of that specific politician, scammers use well-written scripts to convince the victim to donate money over the phone.

3. A different election scam occurs when criminals call and ask the listeners 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". Here, crooks also ask for personal information, either Social Security Number or credit card number. Thousands of people fall for this scam every election time.

4. On a different take, scammers call before the election offering fake cruises if the victim answers a survey about the upcoming 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.

5. Last but not least, you might receive a text message informing that now you can cast your vote by phone (a website is provided for that). This is not a financial fraud (at least not reported yet), but a political one. It’s been discovered that the tricksters send this message only to people who are known for supporting one specific candidate. This way, they “vote” for their favorite on the fake website and hence, these votes don’t count.

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 thrid party, especially through the phone - nor a free cruise if you do a survey. Finally, as we hope you know already, you cannot vote through cell phones or websites.

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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