A new scam uses clips of politicians’ voices to ask for money. The calls pretend to be raising funds for a political cause, but the donations are really going into scammers’ pockets. No matter your political leanings, be sure to hang up on these calls.
How the Scam Works:
You answer the phone, and it’s a recording of former President Barack Obama or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the message, which is likely lifted from a speech, the politician asks for a donation. Then, another voice prompts you to push a button and speak with an agent, who will collect your credit card information.
Don’t do it! Just hand up. Speaking to the “donation agent” can give scammers information they may use in later cons. Providing your credit card number and personal information to these scammers opens you up to the risk of fraudulent charges and even future identity theft.
While this current con impersonates Clinton and Obama, the technique can easily be applied to other politicians.
How to avoid political fundraising scams:
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