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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.


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

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