It’s usually common around this time of year to receive phone calls from political pollsters asking questions about who you plan to vote for, but now scammers are mimicking those legitimate calls.
- Donate directly to the campaign office: Donations made over the phone can be valid, but to be sure you are donating directly to the campaign, donors should give either through the candidates’ official website or at a local campaign office.
- Watch for spoofed calls: Your Caller ID may say that someone from Washington DC or from a campaign office is contacting you, but scammers can fool you by using phone number spoofing technology.
- Beware of prize offers: Just hang up on any political pollster who claims that you can win a prize for participating in a survey. Legitimate polling companies rarely offer prizes and none would ask for a credit card number.
- Don’t give out personal or banking information: Political pollsters may ask for information about your vote or political affiliation, and even demographic information such as your age or race, but they don’t need your Social Security number or credit card information.
- Research fundraising organizations before donating: Be especially cautious of links that come to you through email or social media. Instead, go directly to an organization’s website by typing the URL in your browser or by using a search engine.