Consumer Watch: Avoid scammers during election time

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 5:21 PM

(WHAS11) -- After the final balloons and confetti fall, it's back to business for political candidates on every level and the next few weeks are crucial for raising money for the final stretch and keeping up with voter sentiment. The Better Business Bureau warns that the prime season for politics can also be a prime season for certain scams. Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen tells you how you can protect yourself in Tuesday's Consumer Watch.

Among the tricks they've heard, fake fundraising calls that sound legitimate enough to be from a real campaign, but are not. The BBB suggests contacting a campaign yourself if you'd like to donate money, rather than giving money on the line to an unsolicited caller.

Another scammer pitch, the promise of a free cruise or vacation in exchange for answering a voter survey, or public opinion poll, over the phone. Consumers are asked for a credit card or debit card number at the end of the call, to cover certain fees associated with the trip and checking for voter eligibility. Scammers will call or email a victim to ask if they've verified their voter registration prior to election day. If not, the scammers offer to do it for the voter in exchange for a social security or credit number. 

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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