BBB issues warning about scams tied to upcoming election

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Chris Thetford from the Better Business Bureau visits Fox 2 News to warn residents about three potential scams tied to politics and the upcoming elections:

• Campaign fund-raising scam: Phone calls purporting to be from an election committee or political representative may seem legitimate if they know your political affiliation and their caller id looks like it’s from a political organization. Before you donate, write down the contact information and research the organization online to confirm that it’s a legitimate organization. You may want to consider giving directly through an official website rather than on the phone, but make sure the page where you enter your credit card is secure.

• Voter registration scam: claims that you need to register again for absentee ballots or if you haven’t voted since the last presidential election can be dismissed out of hand. The only time you need to register anew is if you move to a new address. Don’t provide personal information to register until you’ve checked with the state or local election board to determine whether your registration is on file.

• Election survey scam: Calls asking you to participate in a survey regarding a political campaign are very common, and you’re not obligated to answer. But they should never ask you for your bank, credit card or other sensitive personal financial information. If they say you might win a prize but must enter your credit card to cover taxes, it’s probably a scam and you shouldn’t give them the information.

• Vote by phone scam: The only legal method of voting in a presidential election is at an official polling place, the election board or by mailing in an absentee ballot obtained from the election board. If you receive a phone call asking you to vote over the phone, hang up.