Voter Registration Scam Used to Steal Identities

  
     
August 04, 2008

Tucson, AZ - Registered voters in southern Arizona should be on guard against the newest ploy being used by identity thieves, warns the BBB.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumers across the country are receiving unsolicited emails and phone calls from someone who claims to represent their local election board or another civic group and is asking for Social Security or credit card numbers to confirm their eligibility or registration to vote.

Residents of Pima County are required to provide only the last four digits of their Social Security Number when filling out a voter registration form. When registering through Service Arizona’s EZ Voter site, https://servicearizona.com, providing a Social Security Number is voluntary.

As a rule, organizations conducting legitimate voter registration drives either contact you in person or give you a form that you fill out yourself, federal officials say. They will not ask for financial information. To register to vote in Pima County, or to learn what is required before you register, visit http://recorder.pima.gov or call 520-740-4350. In Cochise County call (520) 432-8354 or visit http://cochise.az.gov

If you get an unsolicited phone call or email from someone who claims to need your Social Security number or other personal or financial information to register you to vote or to “verify” your registration, report it to the FTC at www.ftc.gov, or call 877-382-4357

BBB offers the following tips to avoid this and other scams:

· If you receive an email from someone you don’t know asking for your personal information, delete it, no matter how official it may look. Do not click on any links or open any attachments.

· If someone calls you and asks for your Social Security Number or any financial information, including account numbers, try to get a company name and telephone number then hang up.

· If you are unsure whether a call or email is fraudulent, contact your BBB at 520-888-5353 in Tucson or 520-459-2880 in Cochise County.

If you have shared your information with someone you don’t know call your local BBB or visit www.ftc.gov/idtheft.