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6a00e550081576883401bb092a129d970d-320wiRecently, I warned readers about scam artists taking advantage of the political season by launching a variety of dangerous schemes.

One going around in my area is targeting people with Asian names.

Pretending to be from an Asian organization, the caller tells consumers that they aren’t registered to vote. When consumers reply and say they’re registered, the scammer pretends to check databases. Then, the caller gives a bogus birth date and asks consumers if that is correct.

The fraudsters want consumers’ to say, “No, that’s not correct. My birth date is xxx.”

Don’t give out your birth date or any personal information to callers from groups you aren’t familiar with.

Other election scams include: fake campaign fundraising, re-registration scams, election polling prizes, and vote-by-phone scams.

Copyright 2016, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist



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