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ID thieves using voter registration scams

Scam of the month

ID thieves using voter registration scams
 

Identity thieves are capitalizing on the excitement of this presidential election by running phishing scams with a voter-registration twist. They want to con people into divulging profitable data, such as Social Security numbers, bank account data or credit card information.

A phishing scam involves an e-mail that mimics a legitimate entity and includes a link that when clicked on, downloads malicious software onto the recipient's computer or takes them to a fraudulent Web site designed to capture personal or financial information.

Phishing scammers often use current events to con people, says Nat Wood, assistant director in the bureau of consumer protection at the Federal Trade Commission.  

The FTC and the Better Business Bureau have issued warnings to consumers about these voter registration scams. Story continues below...

Varying approaches
 
Source: Bankrate.com
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Do's: Don'ts:
  • Contact your local election office or visit the Web site of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to find out about voter registration requirements in your state.   • Don't register to vote over the phone or e-mail. Registration has to be done in person or via the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Report suspicious phone calls and e-mails.   • Never provide financial information as part of voter registration. Find out if your Social Security number is needed.
  • Always turn in forms yourself, never through a third party.   • Never verify personal information over the phone or through e-mail. Resubmit the form if necessary, and in person.

Council of Better Business Bureaus spokesman Steve Cox says within the last six months they "started getting increasing number of reports from BBBs across the United States that they were getting calls about voter registration fraud."

Using several different techniques, ID thieves try to dupe you into spilling sensitive information. Hang on to your money and identity by watching out for the following tricks.

-- Posted: Sept. 17, 2008
 
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