Political Survey Scams on the Rise
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.
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