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BBB warns of voting scams ahead of Election Day 2016

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Posted at 1:29 PM, Oct 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 16:30:21-04

With Election Day just around the corner, the Better Business Bureau of San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties is warning voters of common scams meant to rip-off donations and votes.  

  • Campaign Fund Collections Scam Phone calls from an election committee or political representative may seem legitimate if they know your political affiliation and arrange their outbound caller ID to reflect a political organization, however, before donating, write down their contact information and do your own research online before giving.
  • Voter Registration Scam Claims that you need to reregister for absentee ballots or if you haven’t voted since the last presidential election are untrue.  Changing residences is the only reason to reregister.  Do not provide personal information to register until you’ve checked with your state Board of Elections to see if your voter registration is on file.
  • Election Survey Scam Calls asking you to participate in a survey regarding a political campaign should never ask you for your bank or credit card account information.  If they’ve informed you that you have the possibility of winning a prize but must enter your credit card information to cover taxes, do not give it to them.
  • Vote By Phone Scam The only legal method of voting in a presidential campaign is by going to an official polling station or mailing in your voting ballot.  If you receive a phone call asking you to vote over the phone, hang up.  This is illegal and you cannot vote over the phone.

For more information on election scams, visit BBB.org or call  858-496-2131.

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