Political Survey Scams on the Rise

Image courtesy of MGN Online

Image courtesy of MGN Online

With national elections just around the corner, scammers are taking advantage of the volatile political scene. Not a surprise, really. Watch out for fake pollsters who try to entice you to participate in a political survey with the offer of a gift card or other incentive. After a few survey questions, the scammer will ask for a credit card to pay for shipping for the promised reward. If you receive a call like this, be cautious.

Keeps these tips in mind, if contacted by anyone who claims they are conducting a political poll:

  • Donate directly to the campaign office – not a third-party fundraiser.
  • Never give out credit card or bank account information over the telephone.
  • Watch for spoofed calls. Scammers can spoof almost any number with the right knowledge and equipment.
  • Don’t click on any links for political surveys online or that may come to you through an email or text.
  • Polling companies don’t offer prizes.
  • Polls won’t ask for personal or banking information.
  • Ask for a written list of survey questions to be mailed to you.
  • Do your homework. Research alleged polling organizations before providing any information.

Source: bbb.org.

For more details on this scam, go to Scammers Get Political with Survey Phishing Con.

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