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BBB scam alert: watch for fake political calls

Mariam Mackar
Updated: September 15, 2020 10:41 AM

With the election coming up, voters will need to keep an eye out for more than just their absentee ballots this year. Political scams are coming in the form of basic donation calls. The Better Business Bureau scan tracker reports that scammers are using fake political fundraising calls to trick Americans into donating for their preferred candidate.

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The robocall scam will be a recorded voice. According to the recording, rivals will have raised a lot of money for the opposing campaign and, in order to save the election, they need your donation immediately. The call will transfer to a live person who will ask for your card information.

Here are some ways to avoid robo scam calls:

  • If a call comes in from a number you don't recognize... don't answer.
  • If you recieve an unsolicited robocall from what seems to be a legitimate business, be cautious. Scammers can fake caller ID results.
  • Register with the 'Do Not Call' registry... it won't prevent scammers from calling but it will reduce the number of marketing calls you will receive.

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