Voters being targeted by scams during election season

CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut Better Business wants to warn you about scams being reported across the country, now that its election season.

You can expect calls from polling firms, charities and political parties at this time of year. But you have to make sure you do not give your personal and financial information to the wrong person.

Here are some of the ways criminals are trying to get your information:

  • Phony fundraising, they will ask you to make a donation. Contact the political party directly or through their website if you want to offer financial support.
  • Fake public pollsters, the first few questions sound legitimate. But shortly after, they tell you that you are eligible to win a prize for your participation. Polls do not work that way. This is a way they try to get your credit card number for shipping, handling or taxes on the prize.
  • Do not believe offers to re-register you as a voter. In this case, they are looking for personal information.
  • There is no such thing as vote-by-telephone opportunities. You may also receive this solicitation by email too. It is fraud, so hang up the phone or delete the email.

If you are the victim, you can report it to the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) by telephone at (860) 256-2940, by email at seec@ct.gov or on the SEEC website, at www.ct.gov/seec.

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