Scammers trying to take advantage of election season

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The election is just four days away. And while the campaigns are looking to secure your vote others may be looking to use the election as a way to scam you out of your money.

The Attorney General’s office says they’ve noticed in uptick in the number of political oriented scams across the state. They’re now warning people to be careful, in order to protect your money and even your identity.

Election day is just days away and voters on both the right and left are getting excited.

“In the process of getting excited and engaging in the process, you could be scammed,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

The Attorney General’s office warns that scammers are using the season to target your wallet.

“This isn’t coming from a particular candidate,” said Shapiro. “This is coming from scammers.”

Using technology, scammers can impersonate or “spoof” a political campaign’s phone number and call you up and pretend to poll you on a certain candidate.

“Then saying ‘By the way, we want to thank you for taking the time with us. So, we’re going to give you a gift card. Just give us a bunch of your personal information so we can mail you the gift card.’ That’s a scam,” said Shapiro.

They’ll tell you you can register to vote over the phone by giving them personal information like a social security number.

“That’s a scam,” said Shapiro.

Shapiro said you can avoid falling victim by asking questions before donating over the phone. Don’t rely on caller ID and remember that voter registration can not be done over the phone.

“The key thing here is, don’t ever provide personal information like that over the phone,” said Shapiro. “Whether it’s a political related scam or some other scam. We just want to protect Pennsylvanians from these kinds of scams.”

And if you think you may have fallen victim to a scam, you’re asked to contact the Attorney General’s office.

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