Three Election Season Scams to Look Out For This Year

October 12, 2017

DENVER, COLORADO—Although the memory of Election Day 2016 may still be fresh in many of our minds, 2017’s elections are rapidly approaching. Coloradans head to the polls on Tuesday, November 8 to vote in a number of school board, municipal government, and recall elections.

BBB of Denver/Boulder is warning consumers to look out for three scams that often arise this time of year:

Registration Scams: Be wary of anyone who claims that you must re-register if you did not vote in last year’s elections, or that your voter registration has suddenly been revoked. These solicitations are almost certainly scams. Avoid giving personal information to strangers over the phone, especially regarding your voter registration. Coloradoans who wish to register to vote, or check their registration status, may do so through the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

Voting over the Phone: In Colorado, it is not possible to vote by speaking to someone over the phone or via text message. It is not possible to vote via email message either. Do not respond to solicitations inviting you to vote through these channels. In Colorado, you may only vote by mail or in person (with certain exceptions for military and overseas voters who may vote online).

Polling Scams: In one common election season scam, scammers call voters and pretend that they are conducting an election survey. The scammers claim that participants of their survey are eligible to receive a prize, and collect victims’ personal information under this guise. Legitimate polling organizations will not offer prizes to participants, nor will they ask for personal information such as credit card numbers or banking information.

The Colorado Secretary of State provides a complete calendar for the 2017 election season.

As always, BBB encourages consumers to report potential scams to Scam TrackerSM.