The election is just four days away and, while the campaigns are looking to secure your vote, others may be looking to use the election as a way to scam you out of your money.
The Attorney General’s Office says they’ve noticed an uptick in the number of political-oriented scams across the state. They’re now warning people to be careful in order to protect your money and even your identity.
Election day is just days away and voters on both the right and left are getting excited.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro tells us, “In the process of getting excited and engaging in the process, you could be scammed… This isn’t coming from a particular candidate. This is coming from scammers.”
Using technology, scammers can impersonate, or ‘spoof’ a political campaign’s phone number, call you up, and pretend to poll you on a certain candidate.
Shapiro tells us, “Then, saying, ‘By the way, we want to thank you for taking the time with us. So, we’re going to give you a gift card. Just give us a bunch of your personal information so we can mail you the gift card.’ That’s a scam.”
They’ll tell you, you can register to vote over the phone, then they have your personal information, maybe even your social security number.
Josh Shapiro: “That’s a scam.”
Shapiro says you can avoid falling victim by asking questions before donating over the phone:
- Don’t rely on Caller ID
- Remember that voter registration cannot be done over the phone
- Most importantly, Shapiro says, “The key thing here is, don’t ever provide personal information like that over the phone. Whether it’s a political related scam or some other scam. We just want to protect Pennsylvanians from these kinds of scams”
And, if you think you may have fallen victim to a scam, you’re asked to contact the Attorney General’s Office.
–Matt Heckel, Jet 24 Action News