Avoiding Voting Scams

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is Election Day. This means we all get requests to give donations, take surveys, and register to vote. Voters are bombarded with campaign ads, registration requests, surveys, donation requests, etc. The constant “noise” makes it very difficult to differentiate campaign offices from malicious attackers. So, as this important day approaches, let’s visit the potential scams voters may face.

Donating Money. Many are unaware that your voter information is public record in several states. Information such as your name, phone number, address, precinct number, and voting history can be obtained by visiting the board of elections office. This information makes a donation scammer seem credible. When they call and know your typical party affiliation, you assume they are working for the actual campaign office. This tactic is called “spoofing”. You may never actually know if your donation went to the campaign or if you simply gave your payment information to a scammer.

Avoid donating over the phone, unless you have initiated the call. If you wish to provide a donation to a party or candidate, visit their approved website.

Election Surveys. These election surveys are conducted by callers claiming to give away incentives for your time. Once the “survey” is complete, the scammer requests some personal information prior to sending the gift. In case you’re wondering, no, there’s no gift.

Voter Registration. These callers attempt to convince you that you are required to register to vote each year. Often the recipient of the call sees this as a harmless attempt to get them registered. As this scammer “registers” the voter, they are actually collecting as much personal information as the caller will reveal.

All readers are highly encouraged to vote. The right to vote is a rarity in this world and should not be taken lightly. Do your research and be careful when giving out any personal information.

 

Source: LMS Consulting