It’s definitely the season for political ads. One of my friends received 16 pieces of mail from a local candidate—who apparently doesn’t realize she’s not in his district. Another problem: Scam calls asking if they can count on your financial support.
First, local news sources in southern Idaho are reporting that a Mitt Romney supporter received a bogus call asking her to “help Mitt fight for traditional marriage this election.” But the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office reports that the Romney campaign is not soliciting donations right now.
Second, several posters on www.800notes.com report having received a call from the number 202-715-6610. The area code is Washington, D.C. but the number is different from that in the above scam. Consumers report a message asking them to donate to the Romney campaign where the name HNTB comes up, which one person says is being used without the company’s permission.
And finally, Scambusters lists another election fraud to watch out for: A phone call or email claiming someone’s checking your eligibility to vote. And what do they want as proof? Your credit card, or your Social Security Number. No way.
Remember to be cautious about giving out your financial information over the phone, especially if you have not verified who is calling. Don’t respond to email asking for your financial information. Slow down—if it’s a good cause today, it will be a good cause tomorrow. And the election is still months away.